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

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Daniel Peggs

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

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

The Altoona School District is just outside of Eau Claire.

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.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Peggs was first hired by the Altoona School District in July of 2016 as a middle school principal. That is just two months after these alleged crimes ended.

News 18 is working to find out where he worked prior to Altoona.

Peggs is a graduate of Preble High School in Green Bay and UW-Eau Claire where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education and teaching. From there he received his Master of Science from Concordia University and his Doctor of Education degree from Edgewood College.

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.

Peggs was named superintendent in Altoona in February of last year.

The Altoona School Board is calling an emergency meeting to discuss the matter at noon on Thursday.

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