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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Grand Jury Returns Two 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.

Former Ladysmith Teacher Charged with Producing & Possessing Child Pornography

McKenzie W. Johnson, 34, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, is charged in a two-count indictment with producing child pornography and with possessing child pornography.  The indictment alleges that on January 13, 2021, Johnson used a minor to produce a visual depiction of the minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The second count of the indictment alleges that on August 24, 2021, he possessed an iPad that contained visual depictions involving the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The indictment alleges that at least one of the depictions involved a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

Johnson was arrested in Ladysmith on August 24 and was charged with producing child pornography in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on August 26.  Federal law requires that an offense charged by criminal complaint must be presented to a grand jury for indictment. 

At the time Johnson allegedly produced the child pornography, he was a teacher at the Ladysmith High School.  This offense alleged in the indictment does not involve a victim from Wisconsin. 

If convicted, Johnson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on the production charge, and a maximum of 20 years on the possession charge.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Ladysmith Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Ladysmith School District, and the Fontana (California) Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman is handling the prosecution. 

Madison Man Charged with Drug & Gun Crimes

Andre L. McClinton, 49, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged in a nine-count superseding indictment with drug and gun crimes.  The indictment alleges that from September through December 2020, McClinton participated in a conspiracy to distribute and to possess for distribution cocaine. The indictment alleges that the conspiracy involved five kilograms or more of cocaine.

The superseding indictment also charges McClinton with two counts of distributing cocaine, one count of possessing cocaine and crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, and one count of possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute.

McClinton is also charged with two counts of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  The indictment alleges that McClinton possessed a .38 caliber revolver and ammunition and a .45 caliber pistol and ammunition.

McClinton was previously charged with the drug conspiracy in a one-count indictment returned by the grand jury on February 10, 2021. 

If convicted, McClinton faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison on the conspiracy charge, a maximum of 20 years on each of the three drug charges involving cocaine and crack cocaine, and a maximum of 5 years on the marijuana charge.  The two charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition each have a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The two charges of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime each have a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in federal prison, to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed. 

The charges against McClinton are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Chicago (Illinois) Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 1, 2021