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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Michigan Man Sentenced to Ten years in Federal prison for traveling to Wisconsin to have sex with 15-year-old

United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on January 18, 2021, Scott D. Sundberg (age: 42) of Ishpeming, Michigan, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison by Senior District Judge William C. Griesbach.

According to court filings, Sundberg began corresponding in August 2021 via a popular messaging platform with a 41-year-old woman in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, who was the mother of a 15-year-old daughter. During these conversations, Sundberg sent videos containing child pornography and stated his desire to have sexual intercourse with the 15-year-old child. On August 13, 2021, Sundberg travelled from Ishpeming, Michigan, to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to meet the woman and her child at a local motel. Sundberg, a retired firefighter, brought a fire helmet for the child to wear during the proposed sexual activity. The “woman” was, in fact, an undercover law enforcement officer and Sundberg was arrested upon his arrival at the meeting point.

At sentencing,  Senior District Judge Griesbach noted the very serious nature of the charge and the need for just punishment. Following his release from prison, Sundberg will spend 6 years on supervised release.  He will also be required to register as a sexual offender.

Sundberg’s indictment and subsequent conviction were part of Operation Kick Boxer, a collaborative effort involving the Milwaukee and Green Bay Divisions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office. (https://go.usa.gov/xfPHh).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov. 

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Updated January 19, 2022