Grand Jury Returns Indictments
MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
SPARTA MAN CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING
Monta Groce, 29, Sparta, Wis., is charged with three counts of sex trafficking by force. The indictment alleges that from December 2012 to April 2014, he recruited, transported, and maintained three individuals, knowing that force and threats of force would be used to cause the individuals to engage in a commercial sex act.
If convicted, Groce faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Sparta Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.
BELOIT MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG & GUN CRIMES
Kenneth E. Greene, 23, Beloit, Wis., is charged with four counts of distributing crack cocaine, and three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that he distributed crack cocaine on four occasions in December 2014. The indictment further alleges that on December 10, 2014, he possessed a .380 caliber handgun and ammunition; that on December 18, 2014, he possessed a 5.45 mm firearm; and that on January 8, 2015, he possessed a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition.
A complaint previously filed in U.S. District Court in Madison alleged that Greene sold the firearms to an undercover officer on December 10, 18, and January 8, 2015.
If convicted, Greene faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each distribution count, and 10 years in federal prison on each felon in possession count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by G-ROC, a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, to address gang and drug-related violence in Rock County through the coordination of investigations among local and federal law enforcement agencies. Its members include the FBI; Rock County Sheriff’s Office; Rock County District Attorney’s Office; Beloit Police Department; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There have been more than 15 persons charged with a federal drug or gun crime in the past year as the result of G-ROC investigations. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz.
JANESVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY
Jeffery S. Forsythe, 29, Janesville, Wis., is charged with the robbery of a Janesville business that engaged in interstate commerce. The indictment alleges that on December 15, 2014, Forsythe robbed Bad Brad’s Bar of cash.
If convicted, Forsythe faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Janesville Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson.