Former tribal police officer indicted in attempted child exploitation case

Published: Nov. 28, 2017 at 12:18 PM CST
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A federal grand jury has indicted a former Menominee Tribal Police officer on charges alleging he used a chat app to attempt to exploit a minor on the Menominee Indian Reservation.

Basil L. O'Kimosh, 39, Keshena, is charged with Attempted Child Exploitation and Attempted Child Enticement, according to the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The indictment states that on Nov. 1, O'Kimosh attempted to get images of a minor female "engaged in lascivious behavior."

The indictment also states that O'Kimosh, on dates between Jan. 1 and Nov. 2, attempted to get a minor female to engage in sexual activity on the Reservation.

Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw's office says the alleged victim's mother reported the sexually explicit messages to her daughter to the Tribal Police Department on Sunday, Oct. 29. Tribal police contacted the FBI and U.S. Attorney's Office.

According to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Sarah Deamron, the girl said O'Kimosh started chatting with her through Facebook Messenger in January, and in April asked her to start using the Snapchat app.

The girl said O'Kimosh kept asking her to meet with him for sex, and one time she did meet him in-person near her house while he was working and she told him she was 15, but he continued contacting her.

Agent Deamron posed as the girl on Snapchat. The agent says O'Kimosh asked her for naked pictures, including her privates, and sent her a naked picture, and continued asking for sex.

O'Kimosh was on duty at the time.

A federal jury trial has been scheduled for Jan. 29, 2018.

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