Acting U.S. Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on October 12, 2021, Natalie J. Ticho (25) of Wausau, Wis., Was sentenced to 90 months in federal prison by the District Senior Judge the United States. William C. Griesbach for distributing child pornography.
According to court documents, on November 17, 2020, undercover investigators received digital images of child pornography from an online user named “kiikii_24”. “Kiikii_24” also engaged in explicit conversations regarding child sexual abuse with undercover investigators. It was later determined that “kiikii_24” was in fact Natalie J. Ticho. A search warrant was obtained for Ticho’s home and electronics. A review of these articles revealed hundreds of images of child pornography and several online accounts used for the purpose of obtaining and disseminating illegal images.
In sentencing, Judge Griesbach stressed the gravity of the charge and the need for fair punishment for “such a terrible crime”. After his release from prison, Ticho will spend ten years on probation. She will also need to register as a sex offender.
Ticho’s arrest and subsequent conviction were part of Operation Kick Boxer, a collaborative effort involving the Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Office from the Winnebago County Sheriff. (https://go.usa.gov/xfPHh). The Wausau Police Department, Marathon County Sheriff’s Office, and Marathon County District Attorney’s Office also assisted in the investigation.
This case was brought within the framework of the Safe Childhood Project, a national initiative to fight against the growing epidemic of sexual exploitation and abuse of children launched in May 2006, by the United States Department of Justice. Led by the United States Prosecutor’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood mobilizes federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute those who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. . For more information on the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
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