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Three local men arrested in sweeping child sex crime stingSubmitted: 09/23/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

WAUSAU - Sheriff's departments from across central Wisconsin pulled off a child sex crime sting last weekend.

Departments from Door County all the way to Marathon County arrested 14 people. The takedown was called "Operation Black Veil II". It lasted from last Wednesday through Saturday.

Police trolled Craigslist for people trying to sexually lure children.

Three of the men arrested are from Marathon County.

The Marathon County Sheriff's Department and Wausau Police arrested Robert L. Spreeman, Pravong Colin Thongdara and Shayd C. Mitchell for child enticement, and using a computer to commit a sex crime.



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