16 arrested in child sex predator sting

MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - Sixteen people were arrested in a week-long Internet Crimes Against Children task force sting.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says five of the 16 are registered sex offenders or were previously arrested on suspicion of crimes against children.

The sting, called Operation New Hope, resulted in arrests in 13 counties, including Outagamie (3), Shawano (3), Sheboygan (1) and Winnebago (1).

Charges against the 16 will include child enticement, trafficking a child, attempted sexual assault of a child, possession of child pornography, using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and exposing a child to harmful material.

Charges filed against defendants in our area, according to online court records:

Outagamie County
Jonathan Herschberger, 35, of Appleton is charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography in Outagamie County.

Scott Lecker, 28, of Shawano is charged with trafficking a child and child enticement to cause a child to engage in prostitution.

Christopher Lutzewitz, 38, of Kaukauna is charged with 25 counts of possession of child pornography.

Shawano County
James Stevens, 43, of Oconto Falls is charged with using a computer to facilitate a sex crime and child enticement with the intent of sexual contact.

Brandon Stewart, 22, of Green Lake, is charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Jeff Vadnais-Speck, 31, Shawano, is charged with child enticement for sexual contact, child enticement to give or sell drugs, and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Sheboygan County
Joseph Cajacob, 36, of Kohler is charged with three counts of causing a child between 13 and 18 years old to view sexual activity.

Winnebago County
Shawn Hanson, 35, of Oshkosh is charged with six counts of exposing a child to harmful material and one count of child enticement with the intent of exposing the pubic area.

The Department of Justice says the sting was made possible through a state law that increased funding for the Internet Crimes Against Children investigative program and created a faster process for obtaining subpoenas.

Thirty local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in the sting, along with Eye Heart World, an advocacy group for victims of human trafficking.

Appleton Police Department
Brown County Sheriff’s Office
Clark County Sheriff’s Office
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office
Dane County Sheriff’s Office
Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office
Eau Claire Police Department
Eye Heart World Victim Advocacy Group
Genoa City Police Department
Green Bay Police Department
Greenfield Police Department
Kohler Police Department
Kronnenwetter Police Department
Lake Geneva Police Department
Madison Police Department
Marathon County Sheriff’s Office
Marquette County Sheriff’s Office
Middleton Police Department
Monona Police Department
Montello Police Department
Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office
Seymour Police Department
Shawano County Sheriff’s Office
Stevens Point Police Department
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Marshals Service
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office
West Milwaukee Police Department
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
Wisconsin DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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