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Madison Man Detained on Child Pornography Charge

June 12, 2013

MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that a complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Madison yesterday, charging Brian C. Stowe, 28, Madison, Wis., with using a minor to produce child pornography. 

Stowe was arrested by law enforcement officials yesterday and made an initial appearance in federal court in Madison today.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker ordered that Stowe remain in federal custody pending a formal detention hearing.  No date has been set for the detention hearing. 

According to the complaint, on October 13, 2012, Stowe used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.  It is alleged that Stowe took pictures and videos of the victim while she was asleep. 

If convicted, Stowe faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison, and a maximum penalty of 30 years. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department.  The prosecution of this matter has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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