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Eagle River man sentenced to eight years in prison on child pornography conviction

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An Eagle River man will spend the next eight years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Ryan Shelton, 30, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday. He was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by 10 years extended supervision.

In May 2021, police searched Shelton’s home with a warrant.

Officers say on the phone Shelton had on him, they found a video recording of a conversation on a laptop screen.

In the conversation a girl identifies herself as being 12 years old. To the left of the conversation, a girl can be seen engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Peterson noted that Shelton’s conduct had aggravating factors, including his actual engagement with a live 12-year-old victim, the fact that he actively engaged with other people who were interested in child exploitation, and his long-term involvement with child exploitative material.

The charge against Shelton was the result of an investigation conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman prosecuted this case.