A video making the rounds on social media that shows Sturgeon Bay police officers taking an individual into custody Jan. 24 caused the department to issue a press release to replace rumors with facts, according to a press release the department posted on its Facebook page.
The press release stated that a Sturgeon Bay police officer began an Internet Crimes Against Children investigation Jan. 23 that resulted in the Jan. 24 arrest of Corey Bergh, 57, of Little Suamico, Wisconsin. Bergh was communicating on an internet platform called Doublelist with a person he allegedly believed to be a 15-year-old child. Bergh then traveled to Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 24 to allegedly meet with the person he believed to be that child, according to the release. Bergh was subsequently arrested by a team of police officers.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Bergh was on supervision for a previous child sex crime. With the felonies committed, violation of supervision and severity of the case, the arrest was approached as a “high-risk traffic stop,” according to the release. Bergh was taken into custody without incident.
Bergh has been charged by the Door County District Attorney’s Office with attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, and child enticement. He was confined to the Door County Jail on a cash bond, in addition to being on a probation hold.
“This case reminds us of the potential danger children can face while on the internet,” the press release said. “We encourage parents to talk with their children about the importance of staying safe online.”