Tribal officer fired, faces federal charges

O’Kimosh accused of attempted child exploitation

A Menominee tribal police officer has been fired from the department in the wake of federal charges filed against him, including attempted sexual exploitation of a child and two other counts, according to tribal officials.

Basil O’Kimosh, Jr. was arrested Thursday after an investigation into a report that he was having inappropriate communication with a 15-year-old juvenile.

Authorities received information from the child’s mother on Sunday that the juvenile had received inappropriate sexual messages from O’Kimosh via SnapChat and Facebook.

After authorities investigated the complaint, an undercover sting operation was conducted Wednesday by detectives of the Menominee Tribal Police Department, special agents of the FBI and the state Department of Criminal Investigations.

O’Kimosh was fired by the police department after his arrest.

He has been charged with attempted sexual exploitation of a child, attempted transfer of obscene material to a child, and attempted enticement of a child.

Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw announced the charges Friday and said the quick response to the situation spoke well of the dedication of the community.

“The Menominee Nation is a proud and tight-knit community where we know and care about each other,” he said. “Tribal government admires the courage of the mother and the victim for coming forward to report this information. We are also pleased with how swiftly our Tribal Police Department addressed the complaint and investigated this incident leading to the arrest and charges. We are committed to protecting all of our citizens and supporting everyone impacted.”

O’Kimosh worked for the department from June 2010 through April 2016, but resigned citing differences of opinion with his supervisor, according to the tribe.

He was re-hired in July 2017 after applying for a vacant position and passing updated background checks and psychological examination required for all law enforcement officers.