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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Illinois

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 15, 2018

Loves Park Man Sentenced to 22 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography

ROCKFORD — A Loves Park man was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Philip G. Reinhard to 22 years in federal prison for producing child pornography.

GRANT WOJAHN, 37, admitted in a plea agreement that he created a Facebook account posing as a female teenager.  On March 20, 2015, while using that profile, Wohjan contacted a minor female victim using the Facebook private messaging feature and persuaded her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, take photos of that conduct and then transmit the images to Wojahn using the private messaging service on Facebook.  According to the plea agreement, the female victim was 13 years of age at the time the pictures were produced and transmitted.  Wojahn also admitted that between May 21, 2014, and April 5, 2015, he similarly persuaded six other minor female victims, who were between the ages of 10 and 12, to do the same.

Wojahn also admitted that on March 25, 2015, he used the Facebook private messaging service to chat and send another user a number of images of child pornography depicting one of the minor victims.  Further, Wojahn admitted that on Sept. 1, 2015, he possessed numerous images of child pornography on a USB storage device, a cellphone, and other devices, and in total possessed at least 43 videos of child pornography and 71 images of child pornography.

Wojahn pleaded guilty to the child pornography charge on June 11, 2018. The 22-year sentence will be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release.

The sentencing was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Margaret J. Schneider.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Violent Crime
Updated October 15, 2018