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.
Superior Resident Charged with Transporting Minor Across State Lines and Possessing Child Pornography
Peter Diehl, 32, Superior, Wis., is charged with transporting an individual who was under 18 years of age in interstate commerce and with the intent that the person engage in illegal sexual activity. The indictment alleges that on August 20, 2015, Diehl transported a minor from Minnesota to Wisconsin with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity for which a person can be charged with the criminal offense of sexual assault of a child.
The indictment also charges Diehl with possessing child pornography. The indictment alleges that on September 23, 2015, he possessed a cell phone which contained images of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
If convicted, Diehl faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the transporting a minor charge, and a maximum of 10 years on the possession of child pornography charge. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Superior Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Duluth (Minn.) Police Department, and Suffolk (Va.) Police Department. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.
Prentice Woman Charged with Theft of Mail
Belinda J. Chizek, 47, Prentice, Wis., is charged with stealing mail. The indictment alleges that on June 2, 2016, she stole a letter containing U.S. currency from a mail route in Phillips, Wis. At the time of the alleged offense, Chizek was a Contract Delivery Service employee of the U.S. Postal Service.
If convicted, Chizek faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber.