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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Menominee Man Sentenced for Facilitating Underage Prostitution

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on May 17, 2016, Brian L. Kelley (age: 36) of the Menominee Indian Reservation was sentenced to federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. Kelley had previously entered a guilty plea for inducing and enticing an underage victim to engage in prostitution contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b). According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Kelley used his position as a barber shop owner and bait shop proprietor to hire minors for the purpose of paying them in return for sexual activities.             

In pronouncing sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the serious nature of the charges and that the sentence is in the best interest of the public and especially the victims, stating “the real damage here is to the victims”. Ultimately, Kelley was sentenced to 72 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.     

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated May 18, 2016