Altoona superintendent facing child sex trafficking, porn charges released as he awaits trial

Courtroom sketch by Jim McKiernan
Courtroom sketch by Jim McKiernan

MADISON, Wis. — On Monday, a federal judge signed an order allowing Daniel Peggs, 32, to be released from custody as he awaits trail.

Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker said Peggs is being released with a “boatload” of conditions, including location monitoring, 24/7 curfew, and no contact with any minors, including his own children, unless approved by his probation officer.

Peggs, the Altoona superintendent, was arrested on Thursday after being indicted on one count of child sex trafficking and one count of producing child porn.

The Department of Justice alleges that between October 2015 and May 2016 Peggs “knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported and maintained” a minor, who he knew was under the age of 18 years old and “would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act.”

He is also accused of using the minor to engage in sexual conduct on video and use an iPhone to produce child porn.

U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger, who is handling the prosecution, said in court that Peggs will not be staying at his home in Altoona.

She also gave some insight into this communication with the victim.

One of the at least 34 restrictions Peggs must follow is he can not use a computer. Pfluger said this includes fake social media accounts that he had been using.

She said once the alleged victim turned 18, Peggs stopped “exploiting her,” but he did continue to contact her.

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