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Former Altoona superintendent Daniel Peggs reaches plea deal

Daniel Peggs  (Source: Dane County Sheriff's Office)
Daniel Peggs (Source: Dane County Sheriff's Office)(NBC15)
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 10:56 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) - Former Altoona School District Superintendent Daniel Peggs reaches a plea deal.

According to documents filed Tuesday with the United States Dept. of Justice, Western District of Wisconsin, Peggs is pleading guilty to one count of child pornography.

The guilty plea also will resolve all other pending federal criminal violations, provided the criminal conduct was known at the time of the plea agreement. The agreement also includes a recommendation that Peggs receive the maximum available reduction in penalty for acceptance of responsibility, although the deal also includes language that says the agreement is bound to the sentencing handed down by the court.

Joseph Bugni, the court-appointed attorney representing Peggs, sought dismissal of several charges in late June, including the removal of charges of sex trafficking a minor and two of the five counts of child pornography Peggs was facing. In his filing, Bugni cited an overwhelming amount of evidence in the case, writing that the discovery tops 171,588 pages, including recorded interviews, data-filled spreadsheets, and cell phone downloads, which pushes the total closer to a quarter million pages.

For months, Bugni had asked for, and received, extensions to file pre-trial motions in the case, and filed the motions on Friday, June 25.

According to the filing with the United State’s Attorney’s Office, Peggs will waive the right to a jury trial as part of the agreement, in addition to several other stipulations, such as waiving the right to an appeal. Peggs will also receive supervision for life following release from prison and pay restitution in the case.

Peggs will face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000 as a result of the guilty plea. Peggs initially pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking a minor and production of child pornography in February of 2020.

If you or someone you know is the victim of human trafficking you can reach out to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Locally, you can call or text Fierce Freedom at 715-828-6040.

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