U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin
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December 15, 2015

Rice Lake Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

MADISON, WI—John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jesse Featherly, 29, Rice Lake, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to 12 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. This prison term will be followed by 25 years of supervised release. Featherly pleaded guilty to this charge on August 21, 2015.

Featherly used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive child pornography images. He used search terms indicating an interest in very young children. Following the execution of a search warrant at his house, Featherly agreed to take a polygraph test. After he failed the polygraph, he admitted sexually assaulting a child.

The charge against Featherly was the result of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and the Rice Lake Police Department. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

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