GREEN BAY - Two people connected to the Green Bay Public School District are among 16 arrested during an Internet sting aimed at catching child sex predators.
One is a school bus driver. He's Victor Iakimenko. FOX 11 was with authorities Thursday night when they busted Iakimenko.
Reporter Laura Smith had exclusive access to Operation Black Veil II.
In court Friday, Iakimenko said he worked for Lamers Bus Lines.
Jason Gehrke is the other man arrested. Even more shocking to some, Gehrke worked as a library media specialist at Keller and Wilder elementary schools in Green Bay. And that's not Gehrke's only connection to area schools.
For four days, FOX 11 cameras had exclusive access as authorities arrested 16 men as part of an Internet sex sting. It's called Operation Black Veil II.
Now a disturbing revelation from two of those arrests. Green Bay school parents received this voice message Monday from Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
"We are saddened, and quite frankly, very troubled to report to you that a staff person at Keller and Wilder Elementary schools, and a bus driver who transports our students were arrested this past weekend for charges as alleged by the Brown County Sheriff's Department."
FOX 11 has learned the staff person is 38-year-old Jason Gehrke. He works in the library at Keller and Wilder elementary schools.
Authorities working the undercover sting took him into custody last Friday.
Gehrke is charged with using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.
FOX 11’s Laura Smith was on hand late last week as investigators searched out targets in the sex sting. Authorities say Gehrke was chatting online with them, and that Gehrke agreed to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old boy for a sexual act.
The district says Gehrke has been placed on administrative leave while authorities conduct the investigation and the legal process plays out.
FOX 11 has learned Gehrke has worked with children before at the Oneida Nation Elementary School. A spokesperson for the Oneida Nation says Gehrke worked as a third grade teacher for approximately one year.
We were on hand Thursday when Operation Black Veil netted school bus driver Victor Iakimenko of Green Bay. Iakimenko is also charged with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime. During the court proceeding, Iakimenko said he works for a bus company.
Investigators told FOX 11 no other bus drivers were arrested in the sting.
Court documents show Iakimenko thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl. Iakimenko thought she would perform a sexual act on him for $25.
The arrests and charges are of great concern for the Green Bay school district.
“When you hear things like this, of course, it's very unsettling and troubling. At the same time, you want to make sure that every policy, procedure, and safety situation is in place, background checks and so forth, so again, it's a reflective time, but it's also a time to recognize the importance of Internet security,” said Langenfeld.
The district says it will also conduct its own internal investigation into the matter.
As we mentioned, these two arrests are among 16 that were a result of Operation Black Veil II.
Here's a breakdown of where those arrests were made: eight were in Brown County, four were in Marathon County. Authorities made one arrest in Shawano, Outagamie, Winnebago and Door counties.
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