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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Benjamin R. Minor, of Mazomanie, has been sentenced in federal court to nine years in prison and 15 years of supervised release after an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with assistance from deputies with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Minor’s home, located at 17 Marion Street in Mazomanie. As part of the warrant, agents seized an external hard drive from the residence, at which point Minor told investigators he had approximately 200 pornographic images on the drive, including those of juveniles, according to the state’s criminal complaint. In an interview with agents, Minor admitted to sharing images of juvenile females approximately 13-years-old and older.
In May, Minor was indicted in federal court on one count of distributing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, one count of attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor, and one count of possessing an external hard drive containing child pornography. On August 14, 2013, Minor entered a guilty plea to one count of distributing child pornography; the three other counts were dismissed at sentencing on October 15, 2013. The prosecution of this case was handled by U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin John W. Vaudreuil, and was assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger. The Watertown Police Department also assisted with this investigation.
“I commend the many special agents, analysts and others, including the U.S. Attorney’s office, for their work on this case,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “These types of investigations involving child victims are especially difficult, but with the tremendous dedication of our investigators and law enforcement cooperation across jurisdictions, we’re able to ensure justice is served.”
According to a May 15, 2013, news release announcing the indictment, Minor was alleged to have distributed and received computer image and video files of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct in December 2012. The indictment also alleged that Minor attempted to transfer obscene matter to an individual he knew was a minor in January 2013, and that he possessed the external hard drive containing child pornography in March 2013.