Menominee Tribal police officer fired; FBI agent details crimes

KESHENA, Wis. (WBAY) - The Menominee Tribal Chairman's office says a tribal police officer accused of crimes involving a 15-year-old girl has been fired.

The U.S. Attorney's Office filed formal charges Friday against Basil O'Kimosh Jr. including transferring obscene material to a minor under 16, engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a minor under 18, and attempted enticement of a child.

Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw's office says the girl'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.

Wednesday, 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.

The agent, posing as the girl, agreed to meet O'Kimosh and he suggested a meeting place. The officer went there but then drove away, saying he was summoned but would be back.

O'Kimosh was arrested on Thursday and fired the same day, the chairman's office says.

The criminal complaint says when he was arrested O'Kimosh admitted to sending his naked photo to the girl on Snapchat, and that he planned to meet the girl, but denied that it was for sex.

The chairman's office says O'Kimosh passed background checks and psychological examinations when he re-joined the police department in July, six months after he began contacting the girl on Facebook Messenger.

O'Kimosh previously worked for the police department from 2010 to 2016. He resigned in April 2016 citing disagreements with a supervisor.

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