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Crandon Sex Offender Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on November 26, 2019, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Justin D. Bula (age: 35) of Crandon, Wisconsin.

According to the indictment, in April of 2018, Bula distributed images of child pornography. He is also alleged to have possessed images of child pornography almost a year later in March of 2019.  The indictment further reflects that Bula was convicted on October 7, 2015, in Forest County Circuit Court, for the crime of possession of child pornography and is a lifetime sex offender registrant in the State of Wisconsin.

Bula faces one charge of distribution of child pornography, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(2)(A), and possession of child pornography, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(5)(b). He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 40 years of incarceration in federal prison.

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

For Additional Information Contact:

Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales 414-297-1700

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Updated November 27, 2019