Press Release

MADISON, WIS. -- Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that a complaint was filed today in U.S. District Court in Madison charging McKenzie W. Johnson, 34, of Ladysmith, Wisconsin, with producing child pornography.

The complaint alleges that Johnson produced the child pornography on January 13, 2021. At the time, Johnson was a teacher at the Ladysmith High School. The offense alleged in the complaint does not involve a victim from Wisconsin.

Johnson was arrested on August 24 and is currently in the Rusk County Jail. His initial appearance in federal court in Madison has not been scheduled.

If convicted, Johnson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison and is subject to a lifetime period of supervised release.

The charge against Johnson is the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, Ladysmith Police Department, Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the Ladysmith School District, and the Fontana (California) Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman is handling the prosecution.

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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