Matthew D. Krueger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Mario Escalante, Sr. (age: 42), of Keshena, was sentenced on November 2, 2018 to 36 months in prison and 5 years of supervised release after convictions for two counts of Attempted Abusive Sexual Contact on the Menominee Indian Reservation. The sentence was the result of a April 11, 2018, guilty plea before Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.
The investigation revealed that Escalante attempted to engage in sexual contact with a female who was under the age of 16. After the female disclosed past incidents of abuse, tribal and federal law enforcement contacted Escalante in an undercover capacity, at which time he agreed to meet the female for purposes of providing her with $60 in exchange for sex acts.
In sentencing Escalante, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the serious nature of the offense, which he described as a series of “reprehensible acts.” Chief Judge Griesbach also observed the impact the offense had on the victim, and the victims’ family. The court noted Escalante’s betrayal of the victim’s trust, and the neglect of the responsibilities Escalante had as a person who was entrusted with supervision of the victim.
The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Andrew J. Maier.