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La Crosse Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years for Possessing Child Pornography

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

MADISON, WIS. – Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jeremy Hogenkamp, 45, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 12 ½ years in prison for possessing child pornography.  This term of imprisonment will be followed by 25 years of supervised release.  Hogenkamp pleaded guilty to this charge on March 8, 2022.

In September 2021, the La Crosse Police Department received a Cybertip regarding images uploaded into a Google Cloud account.  Based on the information provided in the Cybertip, a search warrant was obtained for Hogenkamp’s home.   

Agents executed the search warrant on October 6, 2021, and found two flip phones in the house.  A short time later, the police dispatch center received an anonymous call that Hogenkamp had a laptop at his place of employment. After an initial search at the workplace was unsuccessful, officers received another anonymous call saying they did not look in the right spot.  Officers went back to Hogenkamp’s workplace and found a black tote near his work area containing a laptop and a cell phone.  Hogenkamp admitted there would be “bad stuff with kids” on the laptop.

A search of the laptop revealed thousands of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  This is Hogenkamp’s second federal conviction for possessing child pornography.  He was on supervision for an offense he committed in 2011 at the time of this offense.

At sentencing, Judge Conley observed that Hogenkamp obviously has an attraction to children that will be a life-long struggle unless he gains some self-awareness.  The judge concluded that until that happens, Hogenkamp remains a danger to children.

The charge against Hogenkamp was the result of an investigation conducted by the La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, and Town of Campbell Police Departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman prosecuted this case. 

Updated June 30, 2022

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