Madison, Wis. – Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Andrew Steiskal, 23, New Lisbon, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge James Peterson to 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Steiskal pleaded guilty to this offense on December 7, 2018.
In January 2018, a minor in Dorchester, South Carolina went to the police and reported that she had been having contact with a Snapchat user who sent her a Dropbox link to sexually explicit pictures of an adult male and a young child. Law enforcement officers ultimately were able to identify the sender, who had the user name “steisdaddy95,” as Andrew Steiskal.
Law enforcement officers searched the minor’s phone and saw the images the minor described. They also found numerous Snapchat messages from Steiskal identifying himself and the minor child as the people shown in the sexually explicit images.
The mother of the child who appears in the sexually explicit images told the Court that there were not enough words to describe how horrible the experience has been for her and her child.
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In sentencing the defendant, Judge Peterson said that part of what made the crime so horrible is that the defendant exploited a child who was incapable of defending herself or calling for help. Judge Peterson also pointed out that there were a number of victims here, and that the effects of the defendant’s actions would be felt long into the future.
The charges against Steiskal were the result of an investigation conducted by the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Dorchester County (South Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.