Michigan Man Indicted for Traveling to Wisconsin to Have Sex with a 15-Year-Old

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Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that Scott D. Sundberg (age: 42) of Ishpeming, Michigan, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Milwaukee following his August 13, 2021, arrest by local and federal authorities.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, Sundberg began exchanging instant messages with an individual whom he believed to be the parent of a 15-year-old girl living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The complaint alleged that Sundberg expressed repeated interest in engaging in sexual activity with the 15-year-old and also sent pornographic images of children engaged in explicit sexual activity.

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In fact, Sundberg was communicating with a law enforcement agent working as a part of Operation Kick Boxer, a collaborative effort involving the Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office (https://go.usa.gov/xFfCm).  Sundberg was arrested upon his arrival in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The indictment alleges that Sundberg used 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).  If convicted, Sundberg faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and up to a lifetime of imprisonment.

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An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  

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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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For further information contact:

Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales

Kenneth.Gales@usdoj.gov

414-297-1700

                                                                                                                                                     

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