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Grand Jury Indictment Unsealed Against Milwaukee Man Charged with Sex Trafficking a Minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Wisconsin
Stelio Kalkounos also charged with producing child pornography

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today the unsealing of an indictment that charges Stelio Kalkounos, 51, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with sex trafficking of a minor and producing child pornography. The indictment was returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 15, 2024. The indictment was unsealed today following Kalkounos’ arrest.

The indictment alleges that from July 16, 2023, to March 1, 2024, Kalkounos recruited, enticed, and obtained a minor, knowing she would be caused to engage in commercial sex acts. The indictment further alleges that on November 20, 2023, Kalkounos used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

Kalkounos was arrested yesterday at a hotel in Hollywood, Florida, and made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He is currently being held at the Broward County Jail until he is transported to U.S. District Court in Madison for further proceedings.

If convicted, Kalkounos faces a minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on the sex trafficking charge. He faces a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of 50 years in prison on the production charge.

The FBI is asking anyone with information about Stelio Kalkounos to contact the FBI in Milwaukee at 414-276-4684, option 7. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

The charges against Kalkounos were the result of an investigation by the FBI Madison Field Office. FBI Tampa and Miami Field Offices and the Seminole Police Department in Florida provided assistance in arresting Kalkounos. Assistant U.S. Attorney Taylor Kraus is handling the prosecution.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and a person named as defendant in an indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 16, 2024

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