Formal tribal officer sentenced to 15 years

O’Kimosh pleaded to enticing underage girl
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Kevin Murphy Leader Correspondent

A former Menominee Tribal Police officer who was on duty when he sought to have sex with a minor female was sentenced Monday in federal court to 15 years in prison plus eight years supervised release.

Basil L. O’Kimosh, 40, of Keshena, pleaded guilty in March to attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity and recording it.

He has been held in custody since his arrest in November.

At his plea hearing, O’Kimosh, admitted to using social media in 2017 to ask a 15-year-old girl to send him nude photographs of herself.

According to the plea agreement:

The girl and O’Kimosh met face-to-face sometime after July 2017, when she told him she was 15 years old. At some unspecified time, she sent O’Kimosh pictures of her exposed breasts, at his request.

The girl’s mother had learned for her daughter’s communications with O’Kimosh and contacted tribal police.

On Nov. 2, a tribal investigator assumed the girl’s identity and exchanged messages with O’Kimosh via Snapchat. He asked “the girl” to send him pictures of her genitals and wanted her to leave her house, meet him and perform a sex act on him.

O’Kimosh drove a squad car to the agreed meeting location where he was summoned to the tribal police station. O’Kimosh sent the “girl” a message that he would be back.

O’Kimosh was arrested after arriving at the station.

There, he admitted to tribal investigators that he believed he was sending sexually explicit messages earlier that evening to the girl he had been involved with. He also admitted to knowing her age and asking her for sexually explicit images.

The girl told investigators that communication with O’Kimosh began in January 2017 and continued through Nov. 2. The communications primarily happened while O’Kimosh was working an 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift as a tribal police officer.

He was indicted in federal court on Nov. 21.

Earlier this year, O’Kimosh’s attorney sought to have his client’s confession and Snapchat communications throw out as evidence. After District Judge William Griesbach rejected the request, O’Kimosh agreed to plead guilty.

Both O’Kimosh’s attorney, Dennis Coffey, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Maier, agreed to recommend a 15-year sentence, the mandatory minimum for the offense of attempted coercion of a minor.

O’Kimosh faced a maximum 30-year sentence and lifetime supervised release, but Griesbach adopted the 15-year recommendation.

In sentencing O’Kimosh, Griesbach noted the serious nature of the offense, which he described as “an attack on someone’s innocence.” The court also noted that the many positives in O’Kimosh’s background actually made the offense worse, stating “there was no reason to engage in this behavior,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Attorney’s office.

A call to Coffey for comment on the sentencing was not returned before deadline.

O’Kimosh was employed by the tribal police from June 2010 before resigning in April 2016 due to differences with a supervisor, according to the tribe. He was re-hired in July 2017, and worked as a patrol officer, after applying for a vacant position and passing updated background checks and a psychological examination required for all law enforcement officers.