MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Anthony Johnson, 28, Madison, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to one year and one day in federal prison for accessing child pornography. This term of imprisonment will be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Johnson was also ordered to pay a $5,000 special assessment as part of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. Johnson pleaded guilty to this charge on March 24, 2016.
On September 2, 2015, FBI Special Agents executed a search warrant at Johnson’s home and found a laptop computer that contained numerous images of child pornography. Johnson was interviewed and admitted using a different computer to access and view child pornography on sites that were designed to hide his identity. He also admitted viewing child pornography for approximately two years. Finally, Johnson told agents that he had sexual contact with a child over her clothing, and said he was worried he would do something sexually to the child if he did not get help.
In sentencing Johnson, Judge Conley said he could not imagine the devastation the defendant and his family were going through as a result of the charges. However, the judge also noted there was a very disturbing aspect to the defendant that he had to consider in pronouncing sentence and found it troubling that the defendant used a secret network and hidden websites to view child pornography.
The charge against Johnson was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.