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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Madison Man Faces Additional Charges Related to Transporting Minor Across State Lines

Bryan Rogers, 31, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged in a superseding indictment with production of child pornography, making false statements to an FBI agent, and two counts of transporting a minor across state lines for an illegal sexual purpose.

Rogers was originally charged with production of child pornography in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on February 4, 2019.  The grand jury returned an indictment on February 20 which charged him with production of child pornography and lying to a federal agent.  The superseding indictment returned today adds two additional charges of transporting a minor in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor engage in sexual activity which would be a criminal offense under Wisconsin law, sexual assault of a child.

The new counts in the superseding indictment allege that on January 14, 2019, Rogers transported a minor from Tennessee to Wisconsin, and that on January 28, 2019, he transported the minor from Missouri to Wisconsin. 

If convicted, Rogers faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on the child pornography charge, and five years in prison on the charge of lying to investigators.  The two charges of transporting a minor across state lines for an illegal sexual purpose carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

Rogers has been in custody since his arrest in January.  His trial is scheduled to take place on July 15 in U.S. District Court in Madison.

The charges against Rogers are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Madison Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, and Monroe County (Tennessee) Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

This investigation was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation.  Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Madison Man Charged with Drug Crimes Involving Methamphetamine

Johnny B. Green, 38, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine, with one count alleging distribution of 50 grams or more, and one count of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that he distributed methamphetamine on four occasions between October 5 and 17, 2018, and that he possessed methamphetamine on October 22, 2018.

If convicted, Green faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on each of the two counts alleging 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 20 years on each of the three other counts of distribution.

The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper.

Madison Man Charged with Possession of Cocaine With Intent to Distribute

Blair Cook, 25, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with possessing cocaine with intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that he possessed cocaine on March 25, 2019. 

If convicted, Cook faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.

Stevens Point Man Charged with Failing To Register as Sex Offender

Jason Ray Scott, 39, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is charged with failing to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).  The indictment alleges that from May 2017 through August 2018, he traveled from Texas to Wisconsin and failed to register as required by SORNA.

If convicted, Scott faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 3, 2019