A Wisconsin man already serving five years for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl stands accused of having sex with a child in the Philippines.
Jeffrey H Ernisse, aged 61 from Sheboygan, was indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of producing child pornography, two counts of producing child pornography outside of the United States, one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in the Philippines and one count of possessing child pornography.
According to the US Department of Justice, between June, 2014, and April, 2015, Ernisse allegedly had sexual contact with a minor in the Philippines. Furthermore, between March and on April, 2015, he had sexual contact with a minor for the purpose of making child pornography.
In 2016, a Sheboygan County judge sentenced Ernisse to five years in prison for child exploitation. He is currently serving a sentence at Redgranite Correctional Institution.
According to the Sheboygan Press, the court in this earlier case heard how a 10-year-old girl told investigators that Ernisse, a former neighbour, had sexually assaulted her. After police arrested and interviewed him, he admitted that he asked the victim to send him pictures of her genitals. He also confessed to sending her sexually explicit photos, including pictures of himself urinating, and showed her a pornographic movie.
He further admitted to repeated sexual contact with the victim, which he claimed was “at her request”, and that it started in November and ended in about mid-December. He told investigators that he tried to stop. However, he said he was afraid that, if it were too abrupt, she would tell on him.
Regarding the latest indictment, a Department of Justice news release has stressed that the charges are merely allegations. “The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law,” the statement said.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations is investigating the case with the cooperation of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Police Department. Trial Attorney William M Grady of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and Assistant US Attorneys Megan J Paulson and Penelope L Coblentz of the Eastern District of Wisconsin are prosecuting the case.
Investigations continue and a trial date is yet to be set.