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

Friday, May 10, 2013

Altoona Man Sentenced For Distributing Child Pornography

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Shannon Van de Veer, 40, of Altoona, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 12 years in prison for distributing child pornography. This prison term will be followed by 25 years of supervised release. Van de Veer pleaded guilty to this offense on February 14, 2013.

Van de Veer’s sentence was increased due to the nature of the images he possessed. Judge Conley was also concerned that his attempts to manufacture child pornography made him a danger to the community.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

The charges against Van de Veer were the result of an investigation conducted by the Altoona Police Department, Menomonie Police Department, Eau Claire Police Department, and Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensics Lab. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Updated July 14, 2015