Former Altoona Superintendent sentenced to 8 years in prison for possession of child pornography

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 10:13 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2021 at 3:37 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) - The former superintendent for the School District of Altoona is sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.

Dan Peggs was sentenced to eight years in prison and 10 years of supervised release in federal court Thursday afternoon.

Peggs will also have to register for 15 years as a sex offender in Wisconsin.

As part of the sentencing, Peggs will have to pay no fine, but has 90 days to create a restitution agreement or end up back in court. The sentence will begin on Jan. 6 to allow Peggs to spend the holidays with his family.

Peggs was facing a maximum of 10 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release.

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - The former superintendent for the School District of Altoona, Dan Peggs, is expected to learn what his punishment will be for possessing child pornography.

After serving as the middle school principal, Dan Peggs became the superintendent of the Altoona School District in July 2019. Less than a year later, Peggs was arrested for crimes involving a minor.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court on Thursday.

Dan Peggs was initially charged with producing child pornography and sex trafficking a minor. More charges were added in July 2020. After reaching a plea agreement in August of this year, many of those charges were dismissed.

Peggs is scheduled to be sentenced for one count of possessing child pornography. That means Peggs faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250 thousand. He also faces between five years and a lifetime of supervision. The judge may also order him to pay restitution.

Leading up to Thursday’s sentencing hearing, more than 50 people have submitted letters to the court weighing in on this case. One of those letters is from his ex-wife Ashley Peggs. In the letter to the judge, she wrote: “I am scared and disturbed by his lack of ownership in the matter and lack of remorse for what he has done.”

Ashley Peggs added, “Even in light of all that has happened, it stuns me that Dan has still never apologized to any of the girls.”

Ashley Peggs is asking the judge to give Dan Peggs the maximum sentence.

As part of the plea deal, Peggs has waived his right to appeal. Peggs’ sentencing hearing is expected to start Thursday at 1 p.m.

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