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Wisconsin Gymnastics Coach Sentenced to 25 Years for Producing Child Sexual Abuse Images

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

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Superior, Wisconsin, man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison followed by a lifetime of supervised release for producing images depicting his sexual abuse of a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, George Francis Deppa, 50, sexually abused a 15-year-old minor and produced visual depictions of the sexual abuse.

Deppa was federally charged in May of 2022 and entered a guilty plea on June 28, 2023, to one count of production of child pornography. Pursuant to the federal plea agreement, Deppa also agreed to enter guilty pleas in additional state felony charges involving sexual assaults against at least five other minors in St. Louis County and Douglas County. Deppa was sentenced today in U.S. District Court before Judge Kate M. Menendez. Aggravating factors noted during his federal sentencing included a pattern of isolating and, in some instances, drugging his victims.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI and the Duluth Police Department, with assistance from the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office and the Douglas County (Wisconsin) Attorney’s Office. Based on the evidence obtained in this investigation, authorities believe there may be additional victims of the alleged conduct. Anyone with information about this matter is encouraged to call the FBI Minneapolis Division at (218) 722-3341.

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 in crimes involving child pornography, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsey E. Middlecamp prosecuted the case.

Updated November 8, 2023

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