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Date: 05-31-2023

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United States of America v. James C. Gibson

Case Number: 3:22-cr-00082

Judge: William M. Conley

Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Dane County)

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

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Description: Madison, Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with using minors to engage in sexual activity and recording the activity.

In early November 2021, the mother of a minor born in 2010 contacted the Fennimore Police Department about inappropriate content she found on a phone that had been used by the minor. The investigation revealed that James C. Gibson, age 54, for Fennimore, Wisconsin, had been regularly exchanging inappropriately affectionate messages with the minor. Law enforcement interviewed Gibson, who revealed that he previously had a video depicting child pornography on his phone. As a result, the officer seized Gibson’s phone and searched it pursuant to a warrant.

The search revealed that within Gibson’s phone were sexually explicit images of the minor, and those of a second minor, also born in 2010. In addition, the phone contained sexually explicit videos of unknown minors. After finding the images of the known minors, law enforcement interviewed them and both confirmed that the defendant took nude pictures of them at his residence in Fennimore. Finally, according to one of the minors, the defendant took nude pictures of them from the summer of 2020 through September 2021.

In sentencing Gibson, Judge Conley observed that the defendant groomed multiple 11 and 12-year old children by using their interests to get close to them, showered them with gifts, and paid for their phone and phone plans. Gibson then coerced two into producing child pornography, and sexually assaulted at least one of them. Judge Conley found that Gibson manipulated the victims and their families leading to abhorrent abuse, and that he posed a significant risk to minors in the community.

The charge against Gibson was the result of an investigation conducted by the Fennimore Police Department, with the assistance of Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the Office of the Grant County District Attorney. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Przybylinski Finn prosecuted this case.


Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 18 years in prison, followed by a life term of supervised release. He was also assessed $100 and was ordered to pay $6,000 in restitution.

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