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Ladysmith teacher sentenced for producing, possessing child porn

A search of his home turned up recorded live stream videos involving victims ages 13 and 11, according to authorities.

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MADISON — A former Ladysmith High School teacher was sentenced Thursday, March 31, in federal court to 20 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography.

McKenzie W. Johnson, 35, pleaded guilty to the charges on Jan. 13, according to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.

The mother of a 13-year-old girl in California reported in March 2021 that she discovered sexually explicit messages between her daughter and a man later identified as Johnson. Following the execution of a search warrant at Johnson’s Ladysmith home, law enforcement agents found numerous images and videos he recorded of live streams of the 13-year-old engaging in sexually explicit conduct, the news release said. They also found a video of a live stream of an 11-year-old engaged in sexually explicit conduct as Johnson gave her instructions.

At the time of the offenses, Johnson was a teacher at Ladysmith High School, the news release said.

Judge William Conley noted that Johnson led a dual life with his friends and family who had no idea that he was preying on young girls. The judge also said that the defendant was bright, but manipulative, and willing to engage in horrendous behavior with young girls. Conley expressed concern that the defendant left his job at a hospital to become a teacher of students the same age he was attracted to, saying that the defendant teaching children was like an alcoholic going to a bar, according to the news release.

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The charges against Johnson were 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.

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