Former Altoona superintendent sentenced to 8 years for child exploitation

MADISON (WKBT) — The former superintendent of Altoona School District was sentenced this week to eight years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision for possessing child pornography.

Daniel PeggsDaniel Peggs, 34, Altoona, Wis., was part of a group of men who exploited a 17-year-old. He was sentenced in Western District of Wisconsin by Chief U.S. District Judge James Peterson after pleading guilty.

The victim, who was not connected to the Altoona School District, came forward in January 2019. She met 37-year-old Bryan Ragon at a renaissance festival in Minnesota in September 2015,

Ragon posted ads on Craigslist urging men to exploit the teen and Peggs, using the alias Jake Thompson, responded. Peggs recruited other men to exploit the teen in a hotel room in Rice Lake, Wis., and recorded the encounter.

During the sentencing, Peterson noted that while Peggs pled guilty to possession of child pornography, he also produced it. Peterson also said that Pegg’s claim he didn’t know the victim was a minor was not credible and a mistake in age is not a defense for the production of child pornography.

On October 25, 2021, Ragon was sentenced in the Western District of North Carolina to 20 years in prison, to be followed by 30 years of supervised release.

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