LADYSMITH, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has announced that McKenzie Johnson, a now-former teacher at Ladysmith High School, was arrested in Ladysmith, Wis. on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, for suspected possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice says that on August 24, 2021, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence, and was taken into custody at the Ladysmith High School and booked in the Rusk County Jail. Johnson, according to the DOJ, has resigned from his position at the Ladysmith High School.

There are no known local victims at this time.

If you or anyone you know may have any information to assist in this investigation, please call the Ladysmith Police Department at (715) 532-2186.

This investigation is being led by the ICAC Task Force at DOJ and is assisted by Ladysmith Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office the Fontana Police Department in California, the Office of School Safety, and the Ladysmith School District.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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