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Monday, February 3, 2020

Winona Man Sentenced To 38 Years In Prison For Producing Images Of Child Sexual Abuse

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of RYAN THOMAS FEINE, 35, to 456 months in prison for production and attempted production of child pornography, followed by 20 years of supervised release. FEINE, who pleaded guilty on October 7, 2019, was sentenced today before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the sentencing hearing, Judge Tunheim described FEINE’s criminal conduct as “certainly horrendous,” and further noted that the case was, “among the worst I’ve ever seen.”

“This is one of the most egregious cases of child sexual abuse my office has prosecuted,” said U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald. “We will never shy away from difficult cases such as this, we are committed to pursuing justice for innocent children.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, between February 10, 2013, and September 10, 2013, FEINE created multiple video recordings of his sexual abuse of Minor A, who was less than one year old at the time. During the same time period, FEINE also produced sexually explicit images of Minor B, who was approximately five years old at the time. FEINE came to the attention of law enforcement in August 2018, based on an allegation of ongoing sexual abuse.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, in August 2018, law enforcement executed a search warrant on several of FEINE’s electronic devices, which revealed more than 1,000 images and 150 videos of child pornography. The National Center for Missing or Exploited Children subsequently identified the defendant as the creator of a multi-part child pornography series that has been distributed across the country.

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 Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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

If you know of any child who may have been a victim of exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit NCMEC’s web site at

This case was the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Winona Police Department, and the Winona County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jordan L. Sing and Melinda A. Williams prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:


Winona, Minn.


  • Production and attempted production of child pornography, 2 counts


  • 456 months in prison
  • 20 years of supervised release
  • Restitution payable to each minor victim




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Updated February 3, 2020