Prison time for distributor of child pornography

Prison time for distributor of child pornography

MARQUETTE — A Wisconsin man who was arrested after sending child pornography to undercover police from a computer at a business in Crystal Falls is headed to federal prison.

Sixty-two-year old Stephen Plowe of Menasha, Wisconsin, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to ten years in federal prison. He was also ordered to serve five years of court supervision following his release and register as a sex offender.

Plowe pleaded guilty to the charge of distributing child pornography in December. Officials from the U.S. Department of Justice say three separate undercover investigations involving officers posing as 13 to 14-year-old girls revealed Plowe’s activities. The officers conversed with Plowe using Yahoo! Internet Messenger. During online conversations, Plowe engaged in explicit sexual talk and sent child pornographic images to the undercover officers.

Investigation revealed that he was using a computer located at Plowe Furniture in Crystal Falls. Forensic examination of the seized computer and Plowe’s Yahoo! accounts revealed approximately 1,100 images and 118 videos containing child pornography.

Plowe admitted to engaging in these activities for around eight years.