United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on September 9, 2020, a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Neil A. Frank (age: 35) of Appleton, Wisconsin.
Frank faces charges alleging he used a computer to attempt to entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b) and that he attempted to transfer obscene material to a minor in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1470. He is further charged with two counts of committing a felony sex offense as an individual required to register as a sexual offender in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2260A.
In 2012, Frank was convicted of attempted possession of child pornography in Outagamie County Circuit Court. He is required to register as a sexual offender under the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Based on his prior record, Frank faces a mandatory 20 years’ imprisonment and up to life sentence if convicted of the charges.
This case was investigated by the Fox Valley Metropolitan Police Department with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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