School janitor among sex sting suspects

6 charged in county operation
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A janitor working in the Howard-Suamico School District was among six men arrested last week in an internet sex sting operation conducted by the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department.

James M. Gosse, 34, of Green Bay, said at the time of his arrest that he works for a janitorial company at Suamico Elementary School and Bayport schools, according to the criminal complaint.

He has been charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

He is free on a $5,000 signature bond and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 12.

The weeklong sex sting operation wrapped up Friday with the arrest of Michael L. Skinkis, 55, of Greenleaf, who is also charged with a felony count of child enticement for sexual contact.

He was also freed on a $5,000 signature bond after an initial appearance Monday and is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance Sept. 26.

Four others were charged last week with using a computer to facilitate a sex crime: Christopher L. Shelton, 32, of Suamico; Antonio Berton, 22, of Ripon; Juan P. Flores Rodriguez, 35, of Green Bay; and Adam J. Geurts, 35, of Suring.

Shelton, Berton and Flores Rodriguez, were all released on $5,000 signature bonds.

Shelton is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 18.

Berton is scheduled for an adjourned initial court appearance Sept. 12, and Flores Rodriguez is slated for an adjourned initial appearance Sept. 19.

Geurts was ordered held on a $5,000 cash bond. He waived his preliminary hearing Monday and was scheduled for a pre-trial conference Sept. 23.

Each could face a maximum 40 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if found guilty.

The operation involved detectives from the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department posing as 15-year-old girls on the internet and either posting or responding to ads on websites such as Craigslist.

Once contact was made, text messages and emails were exchanged between the suspect and the supposed juvenile.

Communications eventually turned sexually graphic in nature and the suspects arranged to meet for a sexual rendezvous, even though the detectives made clear they were underage.

The men were taken into custody when they arrived.

The operation is part of the national Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which has resulted in dozens of arrests in Shawano County over the last three years.