Albany man sentenced for sexual exploitation of a child

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ALBANYAn Albany man was sentenced in federal court in Milwaukee on Monday for sexual exploitation of a child.

Chief District Judge William Griesbach sentenced Gene B. Schneider, 52, to 15 years in prison and eight years of supervision after his release, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Schneider will have to register as a sex offender.

Schneider used his phone and social media to exchange messages and sexually explicit images with underage girls across Wisconsin, the United States and Great Britain, according to the news release.

Schneider was arrested after arranging to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl at a hotel in Antigo. The “girl” was a law enforcement officer with the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office, according to the news release.

Schneider then led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Lincoln County, crashing in Marathon County, according to the release.

Schneider pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement, in which he admitted he enticed a girl younger than 18 to send him sexually explicit photographs in May, according to an online court document.

The two engaged in sexually explicit chats after he contacted her through Google Hangouts, an online messaging service, according to the document.

In pronouncing sentence, Griesbach noted the need to deter Schneider and others from engaging in sexual communications with minors on the internet. The judge noted the graphic nature of the images Schneider received and sent to teenage girls and the need for substantial punishment.

The case was investigated by the Langlade County, Winnebago County and Green Lake County sheriff’s offices, the Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI, according to the release.

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