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Superior Resident sentenced to 10 years for possessing child pornography

November 9. 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Timothy Urbanski 49, of Superior, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography. This prison term will be followed by a lifetime period of supervised release. Urbanski pleaded guilty to this charge on September 11, 2012.

On July 25, 2011, a citizen brought a cell phone to the Superior Police Department after she found child pornography on it. The citizen reported that the phone was given to her young child by Urbanski who told the child to take pictures with it. When Urbanski went to collect the phone, the citizen told him she turned the phone over to the police. Urbanski went to the police station to get his phone and admitted it was his.

A search warrant was executed on the phone and seven child pornography videos were found on it. There were also pictures of Urbanski on it. A search warrant was also executed at the defendant's home. Agents found three laptop computers, at least five desk top computers, thumb drives, DVDs, CDs, and other miscellaneous media. They also found a pink suitcase and a laundry basket that both contained children's clothing and printed images of child pornography. Analysts found more than a thousand images of child pornography on the items taken from the defendant's home.

The defendant's sentence was increased because he possessed more than 600 images, he distributed images by e-mail, and he possessed images involving prepubescent minors or minors who had not attained the age of 12 and sadism or violence. In sentencing Urbanski to the maximum sentence available, Judge Crabb found him to be a danger to children.

The charge against Urbanski was the result of an investigation conducted by the Superior Police Department and the Lake Superior Forensic Technology and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.


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