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Appleton Police: Local convicted child sex offender arrested in Texas

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Posted at 9:49 AM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-17 14:05:01-05

APPLETON (NBC 26) — UPDATE: Appleton Police announced Paul Schmidt was found and arrested Friday morning in Lubbock, Texas by the United States Marshall’s Service.

"Members of the Appleton Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit worked collaboratively with our federal partners on this investigation over the course of several weeks," Appleton Police said in a statement.

Appleton Police didn't release any other details in a statement posted on social media.

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Paul P. Schmidt is a white man, approximately 5’08” weighing 193 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. Schmidt has an active felony warrant through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for absconding probation.

Schmidt is currently on supervision for two counts of first degree sexual assault of a child. Schmidt is possibly driving a red 2013 Kia Optima sedan with WI registration ‘ARJ5907’.

Appleton Police said Schmidt may be headed towards the northern part of the state. His vehicle was possibly last spotted in the Green Bay area.

If you see Schmidt or his car, do not approach him. Contact local law enforcement. You can call the Appleton Police Department at 920-832-5500. You can also email tips at