Madison man sentenced to 25 years in child sex exploitation case

A Madison man convicted in a child sexual exploitation case will spend the next 25 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Matthew R. Howard, 23, Madison, Wisconsin, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley. The prison term will be followed by 25 years of supervised release.

Howard was convicted Oct. 1 of two counts of using a minor to produce sexually explicit videos, following a one-day trial in U.S. District Court in Madison.  Prior to the trial, Howard pleaded guilty to federal charges of possessing, distributing, and receiving child pornography.

In August 2017, the Madison Police Department received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a tip from an online service provider that an IP address registered to an address in Madison was used to upload and share images of child pornography.

A search warrant was executed and an external hard drive was seized, according to the news release.

The forensic analysis of that hard drive showed that Howard had recorded himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a minor — once in 2014 when the victim was 9 years old, and once in 2017 when the victim was 11 years old.

In imposing sentence, Judge Conley noted that Howard’s conduct involved repeated abuse over several years and said, “It is essential to protect others from the defendant.”

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