Man charged with child porn crimes

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Ricky Olson, 56, Gays Mills, has been charged with distributing child pornography, receiving child pornography, possessing child pornography, attempting to use a minor to produce child pornography, and attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor. The indictment alleges that he committed these offenses in February 2015.

Olson was arrested on Jan. 6 in Crawford County.

If convicted, Olson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on the distribution and receiving counts; a maximum of 10 years on the possession charge; a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years for the attempted production charge; and a maximum of 10 years on the charge of attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor.

The charges against Olson are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (Division of Criminal Investigation). The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

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