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Suring Teacher Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Sexual Abuse Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on December 3, 2021, John E. Fredenburgh (age: 37) of the Village of Suring, Wisconsin, pled guilty to a charge 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). 

Based on his convictions, Fredenburgh faces a sentence of at least ten years’ imprisonment and up to 30 years’ imprisonment when he is sentenced before Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach on March 14, 2022.

According to court records, Fredenburgh was employed as a substitute teacher with the Suring School District from December 2020 until his arrest in 2021.

This case was investigated by the Oconto Sheriff’s Office, the Oconto County District Attorney’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 is being 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

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Updated December 3, 2021