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BREAKING: Altoona Superintendent indicted for sex trafficking a minor, child porn charges

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Madison (WQOW) - The superintendent of schools in Altoona was arrested on Thursday morning, charging him with sex trafficking of a minor.

Daniel Peggs, 32, was charged by a federal grand jury earlier this month.

According to the DOJ, the indictment alleges that from October 2015 through May 2016, Peggs recruited and maintained an individual knowing that the individual was a minor and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act.  The indictment also alleges that in December 2015, Peggs used the minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the conduct.  Specifically, the indictment alleges that Peggs used an iPhone to produce a video of the child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Blader, the conduct Peggs is charged with does not involve a student from the Altoona School District. 

Peggs was arrested Thursday in Altoona and will be taken to Madison for an initial appearance.

If convicted, Peggs faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the sex trafficking a minor charge.  The production of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years. 

The charges against Peggs are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.  The Altoona Police Department assisted during Peggs’ arrest today.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger is handling the prosecution.

This investigation was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.  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 www.justice.gov/psc.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated with much more information.

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