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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 13, 2021

Tomah Man Convicted of Producing & Possessing Child Pornography

MADISON, WIS. – A federal jury in Madison, Wisconsin, has found Shannon R. Donoho, 44, Tomah, Wisconsin, guilty of child pornography crimes.  The verdict was announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea for the Western District of Wisconsin.  The jury reached a verdict this afternoon after two hours of deliberation following two days of testimony.

The jury convicted Donoho of seven counts of producing child pornography, one count of attempting to produce child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.  The jury found that Donoho produced child pornography on seven occasions between September 2015 and October 2017 and attempted to produce child pornography on June 28, 2018.  The jury also found that on July 25, 2018, he possessed a hard drive containing images of child pornography, and that at least one image was of a minor who had not attained 12 years of age. 

Evidence presented at the trial established that in 2016, Donoho hid Go Pro cameras in the bathroom at a residence of a family friend and made several recordings of a 9-year-old girl in the shower.  Donoho was visible in several of the videos interacting with the girl while she was showering and after she exited the shower in the bathroom.  Additionally, in June 2018, Donoho placed a Go Pro camera in the bathroom of the trailer where he resided in Tomah and recorded another young girl urinating.  Videos and images of these two girls were discovered after law enforcement executed a search warrant at the trailer.  Law enforcement also discovered Donoho had a substantial collection of other images and videos of child pornography that he had downloaded from the Internet.

U.S. District Judge William M. Conley scheduled Donoho’s sentencing for July 28, 2021.  Donoho faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on the production charges, and a maximum penalty of 20 years on the possession charge.     

The charges against Donoho are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Tomah Police Department. The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie Pfluger and Taylor Kraus.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 13, 2021