MADISON, WIS. -- Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Jonathan E. Tillman, 23, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty and was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge James D. Peterson to 10 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. This term of imprisonment will be followed by 15 years of supervised release.
On April 6, 2020, Tillman’s wife contacted law enforcement to report that she was looking through her husband’s phone and saw images and a video of him sexually assaulting a child known to the couple. Law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for the phone and while they did not find those specific images, they did find other child pornography on the phone. Officers also found evidence on the phone showing that on the same day Tillman’s wife called the police, Tillman researched how to do a factory reset on the phone.
In sentencing Tillman, Judge Peterson found him to be a danger to children based on the allegations in this case and his history of child pornography offenses going back several years.
The charge against Tillman was the result of an investigation conducted by the Rice Lake Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.