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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Registered Sex Offender Indicted for Child Pornography Production in Wisconsin and California

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 23, 2019 a federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Cort W. Davis (age: 31) of Rochester, New York.

Davis faces charges alleging he produced child pornography contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2251(a).  According to the indictment, the first production of child pornography occurred in California in early May of 2018.  A visual depiction of his sexually explicit conduct with a minor, “Jane Doe A,” was then transported to the Eastern District of Wisconsin by Davis.  The second incident occurred approximately two weeks later when Davis is alleged to have employed another minor, “Jane Doe B,” in the production of sexually explicit images, this time within the Eastern District of Wisconsin.  Davis is further alleged to have possessed digital images of child pornography unrelated to his activities with “Jane Doe A” and “Jane Doe B.”

Davis was previously convicted in the State of New York of the crime of “attempted possession of a sexual performance by a child under the Age of 16.”  He is currently a sex offender registrant under the laws of that state. As such, he faces an additional charge for the commission of a felony sex offense by an individual required to register as a sexual offender contrary to Title 18, United States Code, Section 2260A. If convicted of all of the charges, Davis will serve a mandatory 35 years in federal prison and up to a life sentence.

This case was investigated by the Appleton Police Department, the Grand Chute Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  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.    

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Updated July 24, 2019