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Fort Atkinson Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Distributing 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 Christopher Cahill, 42, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 15 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography.  This term of imprisonment is to be followed by a life-time period of supervised release. 

In May 2020, Cahill emailed himself a sexually explicit video of a minor.  In sentencing him to 15 years, Judge Peterson found as an aggravating factor Cahill’s two prior convictions for sex offenses against juveniles. 

The charge against Cahill was the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Cottage Grove Police Department, the Fort Atkinson Police Department, and with the assistance of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman. 

Updated August 5, 2021

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