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Wisconsin school official arrested for sex trafficking, producing child pornography


This news story was published on February 24, 2020.
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MADISON, Wis. — The superintendent of a Wisconsin school district was arrested Thursday following his indictment by a federal grand jury for sex trafficking of a minor and producing child pornography.

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated the case with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).

Daniel Peggs, 32, of Altoona, Wisconsin, was indicted Feb. 12 by a federal grand jury. The indictment, unsealed after his arrest, alleges he recruited a minor to engage in a commercial sex act, and caused the victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography using a cell phone.

It was determined that the conduct does not involve a student from Peggs’ school district.

If convicted, Peggs faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the sex trafficking of a minor charge.

The production of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years. The public is reminded that charges contained in an indictment are merely allegations, and defendants are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

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