A Door County man will spend the next 13 years behind bars for having pornographic images of children on his cellphone.
United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that Christopher J. Kone of Sturgeon Bay was sentenced to 156 months of prison for two counts of possession of child pornography. The charges stemmed from a four-month joint human trafficking investigation between the Door County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. The case itself was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, which has partnered with federal, state, and local agencies to combat sexual exploitation and abuse among children. Kone pled guilty to two counts of child pornography after the investigation uncovered several pornographic images of a kid on his cell phone. He was indicted earlier this month for child pornography production charges which carried an even harsher penalty.
U.S. District Judge William C Griesbach also noted a sexual assault and attempted trafficking of a minor when announcing the sentence. Kone will also have to serve seven years of supervised release and register as a sex offender after he leaves prison.