Richard G. Frohling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on May 5, 2022, John E. Fredenburgh (age: 37) of the Village of Suring, in  Oconto County, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison by Senior District  Judge William C. Griesbach.  

In November of 2021, Fredenburgh pled guilty to “Transportation of a Minor with  the Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity” and “Child Enticement.” The facts  adduced at the sentencing hearing demonstrated that Fredenburgh sexually abused a  Suring minor beginning when she was 12 years old. The abuse continued for another five  and a half years. In February of 2021, the victim came forward and reported the abuse to  Oconto authorities. In addition to the repeated sexual abuse, Fredenburgh supplied the  minor with alcohol and illegal drugs. He also committed acts of violence against her.  

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Griesbach noted the horrendous nature of  the crimes and the need to deter Fredenburgh from engaging in further abuse. He stated  his belief that a 25-year prison sentence was lengthy enough to protect the community  while at the same time providing a measure of justice for the victim. Upon the completion  of his federal prison sentence, the defendant will serve the remainder of his life on  supervised release.  

This case was investigated by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office, the Marinette  County Sheriff’s Office, the Menominee, Michigan Sheriff’s Office, the Menominee  (Michigan) Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was  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  

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