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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Cudahy Man Sentenced in Green Bay Federal Court on Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charge

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on October 29, 2018, Adam J. Westphal, also known on-line as “daddyinyouagain” (age: 41) of Cudahy, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by Chief District Judge William C. Griesbach. Additional charges of distribution of child pornography and child enticement were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

In March of 2018, a Winnebago County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigator began an on-line conversation with an individual utilizing the screen name of “daddyinyouagain.” The investigator subsequently discovered that “daddyinyouagain” was, in fact, Adam J. Westphal. Westphal believed he was corresponding with a 34 year-old mother of a 14 year-old daughter who like himself possessed an interest in child pornography, when in actuality he was instant messaging the ICAC investigator. Westphal began sending the investigator numerous images and videos of child pornography while engaged in sexual conversations centered around the molestation of children. Of particular concern to law enforcement were Westphal’s repeated references to his plans and desires to sexually abuse specific minor relatives.

In early April, Westphal proposed to the investigator that he drive to Neenah, Wisconsin, to meet with the fictitious woman’s 14 year-old child for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse. He further proposed that they produce a video of the sexual encounter with the intent of sharing it on the internet. On April 5, 2018, Westphal arrived at the agreed upon location in Neenah and was promptly taken into custody by law enforcement.    

In handing down the sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the “very serious nature of the crime” and stated that the defendant’s actions “cried out for justice.” In addition to the 15 year prison sentence, he ordered Westphal to spend 15 additional years on supervised release upon his discharge from federal prison. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the West Allis Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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. 

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For further information contact:

Public Information Officer Dean Puschnig, (414) 297-1700

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 30, 2018