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Wisconsin Rapids Man Convicted of Producing Child Pornography

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

MADISON, WIS. - After a two-day trial, a federal jury in Madison, Wisconsin, found Alexander Kawleski, 42, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, guilty yesterday of 16 counts involving producing, attempting to produce, and possessing child pornography.  U.S. Attorney Scott C. Blader for the Western District of Wisconsin announced the verdict.

Evidence at trial established that in 2013, Kawleski recorded himself sexually assaulting a girl who was between 15 and 16 years old.  He kept a copy of the assault on a flash drive, where a friend found it and gave it to a Wisconsin Rapids Police Department Detective.  In addition to the assault, the evidence established that in 2013 and 2014, Kawleski used a two-way mirror to secretly record two minor females while they were in the bathroom, in various stages of undress, getting in and out of the shower.  Those recordings were saved on the same flash drive as the assault.  One of the females was between 13 and 14 years old, and the other was 15 or 16 years old.  Neither victim was aware that they were being filmed.  Kawleski was convicted of producing child pornography related to the sexual assault video, and attempting to produce child pornography related to the secret shower videos.  He was also convicted of possessing child pornography.

Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson scheduled Kawleski’s sentencing for November 25 at 10:00 a.m.  Kawleski faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years  and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison on each of the first 15 counts involving production and attempted production of child pornography, and a maximum of 10 years on the last count of possessing child pornography.

The charges against Kawleski are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of the case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Altman and Laura Przybylinski Finn.

Updated July 22, 2019

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