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

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sexual Predator Sentenced To 15 Years

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Brian C. Stowe, 29, Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 15 years in federal prison for using a minor to produce child pornography.  This prison term will be followed by a 20-year period of supervised release.   Stowe pleaded guilty to this charge on October 24, 2013. 

On the evening of October 12, 2012, Stowe and a minor went to his apartment in Madison.  Stowe admitted that while the minor was sleeping, he removed her clothing and engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and that he took photographs and videos during this sexual assault. 

During a search warrant executed at Stowe’s apartment, computers, digital cameras, a cellular phone, flash drives, and external hard drives were seized.  The investigation revealed 53 images and 14 videos depicting the sexual assault of the minor victim. 

At sentencing, Judge Crabb said to Stowe that to his family and friends, he appears as an intelligent, kind person and then he turns into a different kind of creature.  She said, “You would think that a predator would look like a predator, and feel like a predator, but not so; you are a horrible predator.”  Judge Crabb also said, “You robbed this young woman of so much of her life and her self-respect.” 

Stowe’s conviction was the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison Police Department.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman. 

Updated July 14, 2015