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Eau Claire Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Transporting Child Pornography

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

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jay A. Liestman, 49, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 15 years in federal prison for transporting child pornography.  This term of imprisonment will be followed by 20 years of supervised release.  Liestman pleaded guilty to this charge on April 2, 2021. 

In October 2019, Liestman sent an undercover officer a link to the file storage platform Mega.  This link led to a file comprised of five folders containing more than 500 videos, most of which depicted child pornography.

Liestman’s sentence was increased because he had a prior conviction for possessing child pornography, and also had been convicted of child enticement.  At the time of the offense in this case, he was on supervision for those offenses.  

The charge against Liestman was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office and Eau Claire Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Altman and Diane Schlipper prosecuted this case. 

Updated November 9, 2021

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