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Date: 06-12-2023

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United States of America v. Rocky R. Sonkowsky

Case Number: 1:22-cr-00248

Judge: William C. Griesbach

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Milwaukee County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Milwaukee

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Description: Milwaukee, Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with sexually assaulting a child and capturing 21 images of the abuse on his smartphone.

In Summer 2021, while babysitting his girlfriend’s infant child and changing the child’s diaper, Rocky R. Sonkowsky (age: 33) of Oconto County, Wisconsin, sexually assaulted the child and captured 21 images of the abuse on his smartphone. The images were discovered when police began investigating Sonkowsky for his online activities, which included downloading child pornography and engaging in online communications with underage children.

When sentencing Sonkowsky, Judge Griesbach noted the horrendous nature of the crime and the horrific abuse of trust inherent in Sonkowsky’s criminal acts. Judge Griesbach found a strong need to protect the public from Sonkowsky, a self-described pedophile. Ultimately, Judge Griesbach determined that 260 months in federal prison was a fair and just sentence. Upon the completion of his federal prison sentence, Sonkowsky will spend the remainder of his life on supervised release. He will also have to register as a sex offender under state and federal law.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit


This case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office, and the City of Oconto Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

18:2251(a) Production of Child Pornography

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 260 months in prison, followed by life time supervision and assessed $100.00.

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