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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Suring Man Indicted for Crimes Against Underage Child

Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that
on June 22, 2021, a federal grand jury indicted John E. Fredenburgh (age: 36) of Suring, Wisconsin, on
two counts of traveling interstate with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor, in violation of
Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(b), and an additional count 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).


If convicted of the interstate travel charges, Fredenburgh faces up to 30 years’ imprisonment on each
count. If convicted of the child enticement charge, he faces a mandatory 10 years’ imprisonment and up
to a lifetime of imprisonment.


This case was investigated by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office, the Marinette County Sheriff’s
Office, the Menominee, Michigan Sheriff’s Office, the Menominee (Michigan) Police Department, and
the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R.
Humble.


An indictment 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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For further information contact:
Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales
(414) 297-1700

Updated June 23, 2021