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Trempealeau County Man Charged with Sexual Exploitation of Children & Extortion

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

MADISON, WIS. – In an indictment returned on October 11, 2023 by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison, Wisconsin, a Trempealeau County man is charged with child sexual exploitation offenses and extortion.  The indictment is announced by Timothy M. O’Shea, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

The indictment charges Seth W. Fagan, 32, Galesville, Wisconsin, with using and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the conduct, with transmitting threats to injure the reputation of the minor with the intent to extort a thing of value from the minor, and with receiving a visual depiction of a second minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. 

Fagan was arrested today in La Crosse.  The time for his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison has not been set.

If convicted, Fagan faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on the charge of producing child pornography, two years on the extortion charge, and a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years on the charge of receiving child pornography.

The charges against Fagan are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Onalaska Police Department, and school resource officers at Sparta High School and Onalaska High School.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Ginsberg is handling the prosecution.

Anyone who believes they have information about this case or believes they may be a victim in this matter should contact Special Agent Maloree Zassenhaus at either or by contacting the Division of Criminal Investigation at 715-839-3830.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated October 16, 2023

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