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Oshkosh man charged as part of international bust on child sex abuse

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 17:49:42-04

OSHKOSH (NBC 26) -- An Oshkosh man is one of 65 people who have been arrested or charged as part of an international crackdown on child sex abuse.

Dubbed Operation Kick Boxer, the FBI says the sweep included undercover operations and led to the opening of more than five dozen federal and international criminal investigations. The FBI said the operation was intended to identify and arrest distributors and manufactures of child sexual abuse materials and to recover child victims of sexual abuse. Dozens of law enforcement agencies worked on this operation, according to a news release from the FBI.

The FBI pointed out one local example of Operation Kick Boxer's impact, which was the indictment of 51-year-old Martin E. McKeever from Oshkosh. McKeever was charged with two counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.

“We are pleased to have our federal partners working with us on this priority operation," Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz said. "We recognize children are the most vulnerable population we serve and protecting them will always be of greatest importance to law enforcement.”

McKeever was indicted in late June. He faces potentially decades in federal prison if convicted.