Tomah man sentenced to 17.5 years for possessing, producing child porn

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MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – A 43-year-old Tomah, Wis., man was sentenced Wednesday to 17.5 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and using minors to produce child pornography.
Shannon R. Donoho was convicted of the charges on May 13 after a three-day jury trial in federal court in Madison. U.S. District Judge William M. Conley stipulated that Donohoo must undergo 25 years of supervised release after serving the 210-month sentence.
The investigation began when law enforcement downloaded child pornography Donoho made available on an online file-sharing network, according to a news release from the Western District of Wisconsin.
Authorities executed a search warrant Donoho’s home, where they recovered hundreds of images and videos of child pornography from the defendant’s computers and external storage devices. The images and videos included depictions of children as young as 5 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Law enforcement also determined that Donoho used hidden cameras to record at least two children with whom he had personal relationships between 2016 and 2018, the release says. He secretly recorded these victims, who were younger than 12 at the time, as they showered and used the bathroom at his home and the home of a former girlfriend.
The videos and screenshots focused on the victims’ genitals and also were saved to Donoho’s computers and external hard drives.
In handing down the sentence, Conley emphasized Donohoo’s supervisory control over the two victims that he recorded, including babysitting them and giving them rides to school.
Conley deemd Donoho’s manipulation of his position of trust an aggravating factor, as was the subsequent traumatization of the children following the discovery of the secret recordings.
The charges against Donoho resulted from an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Tomah Police Department.