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21 arrested in recent child sex stings in WI

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GREEN BAY/EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- Twenty-one people have been arrested in two separate internet crimes against children stings in Wisconsin.

WBAY is reporting that Operation Black Veil II in the Green Bay area targeted predators who solicit children online for sex. The operation was done in northeast Wisconsin and north central Wisconsin from September 18 through September 21. The Brown County Sheriff's Office took 16 people into custody. Ten of those have been charged, according to WBAY:

  • Bryan J. Bathke, 35. Arrested last Friday in the Village of Ashwaubenon. Charged with child enticement, use of a computer to facilitate child sex crimes, and exposing genitals to a child.
  • Richard E. Denty, 34. Arrested in Shawano County on Saturday. Charged with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Aaron D. Dobberfuhl, 28. Arrested last Friday in the Village of Bellevue. Charged with child enticement, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and exposing genitals to a child.
  • Jason Gehrke, 38. Arrested in the Village of Bellevue last Friday. Charged with child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate child sex crimes. He was employed by the Green Bay Area School District as a library media specialist at Keller and Wilder elementary schools.
  • Victor V. Iakimenko, 34. The Brown County Sheriff's Office confirms he is a school bus driver. He was arrested last Thursday in the Village of Bellevue. Charged with child enticement and use of the computer to facilitate child sex crimes.
  • James E. McHugh, 38. Arrested Saturday in the Village of Ashwaubenon. Charged with child enticement and use of the computer to facilitate child sex crimes.
  • Shayd C. Mitchell, 23. Arrested in Wausau on Saturday. Charged with child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Daniel R. Roggow, 30. Arrested in the Village of Bellevue Saturday. Charged with child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
  • Robert L. Spreeman, 28. Arrested last Friday in Marathon County. Charged with child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.  
  • Pravong Colin Thongdara, 21. Arrested in Wausau last Wednesday. Charged with child enticement and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
The other people taken into custody are not being identified yet because they have not been charged.

WBAY says Operation Black Veil II was authorized by the sheriffs of Brown and Door Counties. Several other agencies helped with the investigation, including the Shawano County Sheriff's Office, Marathon County Sheriff's Office, Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, Oshkosh Police, Shawano Police and Wausau Police.

There was a similar sting in March. Authorities arrested 16 people in the first Operation Black Veil.

Separately, in the Chippewa Valley, WQOW reports an online operation targeted hundreds of suspects and netted five arrests.

Eau Claire County authorities posted ads online proposing sex with young children. Detectives pretended to be underage kids themselves or an adult posing as a child sex trafficker.

"Through the prostitution, child enticement, there is all sorts of criminal activity that are operating out there in the web," Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer told WQOW.

The sheriff's office found five men who were willing to meet, and undercover officers went to make the arrests. All of them have made initial court appearances and face potential felony charges:

Ronald S. Lanners - Chippewa Falls

Jay A. Liestman - Chippewa Falls

Mark A. Potts - Chippewa Falls

Bernie Jo K. Staves - Menomonie

David R. Frank - St. Croix Falls

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