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Crawford County Man Sentenced to 13 Years for Soliciting Child Pornography

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

MADISON, WIS. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Ricky T. Olson, 60, Gays Mills, Wisconsin, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 13 years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.   Olson pleaded guilty to this charge on January 7, 2019.

In February 2015, Olson used a false name to communicate with a child on Snapchat and persuaded the child to send him images and videos of the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Olson also admitted that he distributed the images and video to another Snapchat user and that Olson sent the child sexually explicit images of Olson himself.

In sentencing Olson, Judge Conley noted Olson’s lengthy and extensive criminal history, the fact that he created a false persona to commit the crime, and that Olson not only received images, but also redistributed them.

The charge against Ricky T. Olson was the result of an investigation conducted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Laura Przybylinski Finn, Diane Schlipper, and Julie Pfluger. 

Updated April 29, 2019

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