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Two Northern Wisconsin Men Among Those Charged in Statewide Bust

19 Mar News

Two men from northern Wisconsin were among seventeen arrested last week across the state of Wisconsin for internet crimes against children.

Attorney General JB Van Hollen, along with several law enforcement departments made the announcement about the arrests yesterday.

The three-day long Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) operation, known as Operation Black Veil, was the result of a proactive, online investigation relating to the exploitation of children through the use of online personal advertisements, specifically targeting online predators who solicit children for the purpose of engaging in sexually explicit conduct. 

Seventeen suspects were arrested as part of Operation Black Veil including 24 year old Benjamin W. Lahti of Minocqua and 36 year old Phillip Waller of Wausau.

Lahti has been charged with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, exposing a child to harmful materials and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Waller has been charged with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. All of the suspects were males ranging in age from 18 to 65 years old.

The Attorney General’s Office says investigation of other individuals identified as a result of the operation continues.