Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on October 5, 2021, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Jeffrey J. Wagner (age: 48) of Hortonville, Wisconsin.
According to the indictment, in March of 2021, Wagner knowingly received and possessed sexually explicit videos of prepubescent children. Wagner faces one count of receipt of child pornography, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(2)(A), and one count of possession of child pornography, contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(b). He faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years of imprisonment in federal prison on the receipt of child pornography count and a maximum of 10 years imprisonment on the possession of child pornography count.
“The protection of our nation’s children is a top priority of the Department of Justice,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Frohling. “Individuals involved in the receipt or distribution of child pornography will be prosecuted aggressively and will face real time in federal prison.”
Outagamie County Sheriff Clint Kriewaldt stated, “The Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office is committed to aggressively investigating all crimes against children and removing these child predators from our communities.”
This case was investigated by the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alexander E. Duros.
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.
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