FOX VALLEY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Calumet County, Fond du Lac County, Outagamie County, Winnebago County

Indiana man charged after allegedly traveling to Oshkosh to have sex with teenager

Local News

(WFRV) – An Indiana man has been charged after being arrested for allegedly traveling to Wisconsin in an attempt to have sex with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the U.S. Attorney Eastern District of Wisconsin, 47-year-old Ronald Ortega of Dyer, Ind. was arrested Monday as part of Operation Kick Boxer, a collaborative effort involving the Milwaukee Division of the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say Ortega began exhanging instant messages with “Lisa,” whom he believed was the mother of a 15-year-old girl living in Oshkosh. Ortega allegedly expressed interest in engaging in sexual activity with the 15-year-old girl. According to the criminal complaint, Ortega also sent pornographic images of children to “Lisa” and expressed an interest in digitally recording the sexual intercourse between himself and her child.

“Lisa” was actually a law enforcement agent working as part of Operation Kick Boxer. Ortega was arrested after leaving the hotel room he allegedly procured in preparation for meeting the child.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office reports Ortega faces charges of using a  computer to attempt to persuade, induce, or entice a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity and attempted production of child pornography.

Authorities say he faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to a lifetime of imprisonment if convicted of these charges.

In late June, an Oshkosh man was charged as part of Operation Kick Boxer for allegedly distributing child pornography. Officials say 51-year-old Martin McKeever faces two counts of distributing child pornography. Each count of distributing child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years of incarceration in federal prison upon conviction.

Latest Stories


Local Weather | Local News | Local Sports
Digital Exclusives | Critic at Large/Local Theater
Positively Wisconsin|Midwest Farm Weekly
Download the free WFRV apps here

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Trending Stories

Your Local Election HQ

More Election

Local Sports

Appleton North & Manitowoc Lincoln girls, Kimberly boys punch tickets to spring state

Kimberly boys and girls volleyball teams prepare for sectional showdowns

Blizzard preps for 2021 season

Game of the Week: Notre Dame wins instant classic on late field goal

High School Sports Xtra: Extended interview with state swimming champ Brigitta Neverman

Appleton's AJ Powell gets Masters experience at Drive, Chip, & Putt