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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Oshkosh Sex Offender Arrested for Attempting to Meet a 13 year-old for Sexual Activity

Richard G. Frohling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Kevin J. Mueller (age: 60) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was charged via a criminal complaint following his May 16, 2022, arrest by local and federal authorities. Mueller was arrested pursuant to Operation Kick Boxer, a collaborative effort involving the Milwaukee Division 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/xueyn.

According to the complaint and supporting affidavit, Mueller began exchanging instant messages in early May with an individual whom he believed to be the parent of a 13-year-old girl living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Mueller expressed repeated interest in engaging in sexual activity with the 13-year-old. Mueller also sent pornographic images of himself which he wanted to be shared with the child.

In actuality, Mueller was communicating with an undercover law enforcement agent working as a part of Operation Kick Boxer.  Mueller was arrested upon his arrival at the prearranged meeting spot in Winnebago County. Mueller is required to register as a sexual offender based on a 1989 First Degree Sexual Assault conviction in Milwaukee County.

Mueller faces charges of using a computer to attempt to persuade, induce, or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b), and for doing so as a lifetime sexual offender registrant, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2260A.  He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to a lifetime of imprisonment if convicted of the enticement charge. His status as a sexual offender registrant requires an additional mandatory sentence of ten year’s imprisonment which must be served consecutive to the enticement charge.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  

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 May 17, 2022