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February 23, 2021Denver, CO, United StatesChild Exploitation

Wyoming man investigated by HSI receives 30-year prison term for producing child pornography

DENVER – A Wyoming man who admitted producing multiple child pornography videos was sentenced Feb. 16 to 30 years in prison followed by a life term of supervised release.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the local police department investigated the case

Christopher Willoughby pleaded guilty to multiple counts of production of child pornography Aug. 17, 2020. He was remanded to the Bureau of Prisons in the District of Wyoming.

“HSI special agents are proud to work closely with local and state law enforcement to target and arrest individuals who prey on children in what should be the safety of their own homes,” said Steven Cagen, special agent in charge, HSI Denver. “Willoughby’s sentence will hopefully bring closure to the family so they can begin the process of healing after surviving this horrible crime.”

In Jan. 2020, HSI and the Wyoming DCI obtained and executed a federal search warrant at a residence to look for evidence related to the production of child pornography. Willoughby admitted to producing multiple child pornography videos at the request of unknown co-conspirators online and to being part of an online ring involved in the distribution and production of videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal presided and Assistant U.S. Attorney T.J. Forwood prosecuted the case.

This case was initiated under the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Childhood initiative, of which

HSI is the principal investigative arm of DHS and a vital U.S. asset in combatting transnational crime and threats. One of HSI’s top priorities is to protect the public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s child exploitation investigations program is a central component of this mission set. HSI is recognized as a global leader in this investigative discipline, and is committed to utilizing its vast authorities, international footprint and strong government and non-government partnerships to identify and rescue child victims, identify and apprehend offenders, prevent transnational child sexual abuse, and help make the internet a safer place for children.

To report a crime, call 866-347-2423 (TTY for hearing impaired: 802-872-6196) or visit the ICE Tip Line.

Updated: 02/25/2021