EAGLE RIVER, Wis. – Attorney General Brad Schimel announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested convicted felon Ryan A. Frederick of Eagle River for allegedly possessing child pornography and possession of a firearm. Frederick was charged on August 8 in Vilas County with ten counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. The ICAC Task Force was assisted by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office and Eagle River Police Department.
“During my nearly 30-year career in law enforcement, I’ve learned that investigations involving the exploitation of children are some of the most difficult investigations conducted by special agents and local law enforcement, and the advent of the Internet has made the investigations and subsequent potential prosecutions even more complicated,” said Attorney General Schimel. “Alicia’s Law was a tremendous help and allowed our investigators act on a tip very quickly in this case.”
The speed of this investigation would not have been possible without Alicia’s Law, legislation authored by Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative Joel Kleefisch and passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature last session. #AliciasLaw created an administrative subpoena process that expedites the procedure for finding the location of suspected internet sex predators and provides additional funding to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program.
A suspect is innocent until proven guilty.