International Falls, Minn. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended a Gillett, Wisc., man on Sept. 22,who was wanted for the repeated sexual assault of a child in Oconto County, Wisc.
At approximately 9 a.m., CBP officers were conducting primary inspections when they came in contact with Gary Luedeman, a 63-year-old man identified as a U.S. Citizen.
Officers discovered that Luedeman had an outstanding warrant out of Oconto County. The warrant was discovered while conducting routine queries in the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC). NCIC is a computerized index of criminal justice information such as criminal record history information, fugitives, stolen properties, and missing persons. It is available to federal, state, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
After verification of the warrant, CBP officers arrested Luedeman and turned him over to the custody of the Koochiching County Sheriff's office pending extradition back to Oconto County.
"The apprehension of individuals with outstanding sexual felony warrants attempting to enter the United States is an important part of our job," said International Falls Port Director Kris Lessard.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.