WISCONSINREPORT.COM (09/18/2009) - A 62 year old Oak Creek, Wisconsin man has been arrested on charges of enticing a minor into unlawful sexual conduct over the Internet. The man allegedly arranged to pick up the 14 year old boy at the Brookfield Square shopping center after a meeting on MySpace.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says Harry J. Janikowski, 62, of Oak Creek was arrested on September 16, 2009 for using a computer connected to the Internet to entice a minor into unlawful sexual conduct.
Janikowski was arrested at the Brookfield Square shopping center at approximately 5 p.m. as he attempted to meet with a minor for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity, according to the affidavit submitted in support of the criminal complaint against Mr. Janikowski.
The Attorney General's office says this case began with an anonymous letter sent to a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in April, 2009.
An undercover operation began earlier this summer, with a friend request to Janikowski on MySpace from what he believed to be a 14 year old high school boy from Brookfield.
The online relationship moved to e-mail, Yahoo! Messenger, and Camfrog Messenger, as Janikowski engaged the "boy" in explicit chat and exposing himself on a web camera. Janikowski solicited the boy and arranged to pick him up outside the Food Court in Brookfield Square Mall, according to the Attorney General's office.
Federal search warrants were executed at Janikowski's residence in Oak Creek and at his business, Regal Printing, in South Milwaukee.
The federal charge against Janikowski is the result of a joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the United States Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Brookfield Police Department.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan H. Koenig.
The Attorney General is requesting that anyone with information that could be relevant to this ongoing investigation should contact the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin or the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at (608) 266-1671.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan H. Koenig.
A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.