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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Madison Man Sentenced To 96 Months For Distributing Child Pornography

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Evan Schmidt, 26, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 96 months in federal prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, for distributing child pornography.   Schmidt pleaded guilty to this charge on March 27, 2015.  

In September 2012, the Major Case Coordination Unit of the FBI began an investigation of a file sharing website used to distribute child pornography.  Schmidt was identified as a user of this website to trade child pornography.  He accessed the website from both his home and work. 

On September 2, 2014, search warrants were executed at Schmidt’s residence and his place of employment in Madison.  Forensic examinations of computers seized during the search, as well as examination of e-mail accounts operated by Schmidt, revealed that Schmidt distributed and received child pornography.

In addition, Schmidt was in e-mail contact with someone in California who was molesting a two-year-old child, and he encouraged the offender in California to further molest the child.  Judge Peterson considered this behavior when imposing a sentence. 

The charge against Schmidt was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger. 

Updated July 14, 2015