Grafton Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses
MADISON, WIS. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Milwaukee returned an indictment on Tuesday, October 4, charging a Grafton, Wis., man with production, distribution, and possession of child pornography.
The indictment alleges that in September 2014, Seth Foerster, 35, used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.
The indictment also charges that in July 2016, Foerster distributed computer images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
The third count of the indictment charges that in September 2016, Foerster possessed an Apple iMac which contained visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The indictment alleges that at least one of these depictions involved a minor who not attained 12 years of age.
Foerster was arrested on September 9 after being charged with these offenses in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee. Federal law requires that an individual charged by a complaint be charged by a grand jury indictment within 30 days of arrest.
Foerster will be arraigned on Wednesday, October 12, in U.S. District Court in Milwaukee, and there also will be a hearing regarding his detention status. Foerster has been in federal custody since his arrest.
If convicted, Foerster faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on the production charge; a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years on the distribution charge; and a maximum penalty of 20 years on the possession charge.
The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force. The Child Exploitation Task Force includes the Sheboygan and Milwaukee County Sheriffs’ Departments, and the West Allis and Milwaukee Police Departments. The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Madison.
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