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Former Menominee tribal officer sentenced to prison Submitted: 06/12/2018
Former Menominee tribal officer sentenced to prison
Story By Associated Press

GREEN BAY - A former Menominee tribal police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to sexually exploit a child.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40 year old Basil O'Kimosh Jr. sent sexually explicit words and photos of himself to a 15-year-old who was actually an undercover detective.


O'Kimosh was arrested after arranging to meet the purported teen.

O'Kimosh was a patrol officer for the Menominee Tribal Police Department at the time. He pleaded guilty in March to attempted sexual exploitation of a child. O'Kimosh was also placed on 8 years of supervised release following his prison time.

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