Law enforcement authorities in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, apprehended a mother and an illegal alien following the escape of a 12-year-old girl from an alleged child trafficking scheme, according to a press release issued by the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office (FDLCSO).

The incident unfolded early Sunday morning when deputies from the FDLCSO received a distress call, as detailed in the press release. The caller reported that a young girl had arrived at his doorstep seeking assistance. She explained that she had just managed to escape from a vehicle where an adult male had bound and blindfolded her, with the intention of sexually assaulting her.

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“In a display of immense bravery, she fought back, broke free from the suspect and the vehicle, and sought help at the nearby house,” the press release stated.

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Upon ensuring the safety of the girl, detectives quickly initiated efforts to identify and locate the alleged perpetrator, leading to a SWAT raid on a residence in close proximity, where the man was subsequently apprehended.

“It is alleged that the suspect paid the victim’s mother, with whom he was acquainted, in exchange for private access to the victim,” the press release revealed.

According to the press release, the suspect behind the assault is a 30 or 21-year-old Nicaraguan man with multiple aliases. Having illegally entered the United States from Mexico in October 2021, he was detained by US Customs and Border Protection agents, processed at a federal facility, and subsequently released from custody.

As the investigation unfolds, the girl and her siblings have been placed under the protective custody of Fond du Lac County Human Services, the press release noted. The authorities continue to ascertain the mother’s immigration status, while both she and the suspect remain in custody.

The FDLCSO’s investigation encompasses various severe potential offenses, including sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, child human trafficking, and failure to protect a child.

Last month in Brown County, Wisconsin, another illegal alien was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, as reported by WBAY. The individual in question, Wilmer Martinez-Sanchez, a 30-year-old Green Bay resident, has been charged with Repeated Acts of Sexual Assault of a Child. Martinez-Sanchez had previously faced a conviction for credit card theft and was scheduled for deportation to Nicaragua, as indicated by the criminal complaint and the court’s website.

These cases continue to raise concerns about border security and the potential risks associated with individuals entering the country unlawfully.

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Full press release from the Fon du Lac County Sheriff’s Office:

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, at 12:12am, deputies from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a private residence in rural town of Oakfield for a sexual assault complaint. The caller was a resident reporting a 12 year old female had just showed up at his door seeking help. She had just fled from a vehicle in the area where an adult male had bound and blindfolded her and was attempting to assault her. Bravely, she was able to fight back, break free from the suspect and vehicle, and ran to the house for help. Due to the nature of the allegations, detectives were called in to continue the investigation which progressed rapidly over the course of the next 40+ hours. Detectives were able to determine the identity and location of the suspect and tactical plan was developed to take him into custody. The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, with the assistance of the Fond du Lac Police Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at a residence on Marquette Street in the City of Fond du Lac Monday evening. During the SWAT operation the suspect was eventually taken into custody without incident.

This investigation is complex and involves numerous serious potential crimes including sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment, child human trafficking, failure to protect a child, and others. It is alleged that the suspect paid the victim’s mother, who he knew, in exchange for spending time alone with the victim. Sheriff’s detectives have determined the suspect of the assault is a 30 or 31 year old Nicaraguan man (legal identity yet to be determined based on multiple aliases) who entered the United States illegally from Mexico into Texas in October of 2021. At that time he was apprehended by US Customs and Border Protection agents, processed at a federal facility, and released from their custody with instructions to follow per current federal immigration policy. Detectives are still working to determine the immigration status of the victim’s mother. She has also been arrested for numerous crimes related to this incident, and both are currently in custody in the Fond du Lac County Jail. Further arrests may be forthcoming once the remainder of the investigation is complete.

The juvenile victim and her siblings have all safely been taken into protective custody by the Fond du Lac County Human Services.

Further details of this case will be released in a criminal complaint when the suspects are criminally charged. Until that time, Sheriff’s Office will not be releasing additional information, as the investigation remains open and ongoing.

Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt would like to acknowledge and thank the many local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and officers who worked tirelessly since early Sunday morning to locate and safely take into custody the suspects involved in this investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the following agencies:

Fond du Lac Police Department
Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigations
Department of Homeland Security
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue
North Fond du Lac EMS
Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s Office

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