Keshena man indicted for attempted child enticement

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment of attempted child enticement against a Keshena man who allegedly attempted to entice a minor female into performing sex acts for money.

Mario Escalante, 41, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison; up to a $250,000 fine; and between five years and a lifetime of supervised release. The charge also carries a $5,000 special assessment.

According to the indictment, Escalante allegedly used his phone on Nov. 14 to attempt to persuade a minor female to meet him at a location within the exterior boundaries of the Menominee Indian Reservation, where he intended to engage in sexual activity with the minor in exchange for money.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.