Appleton Man, Darrin S. McElhatton Sentenced to 15 Years of Imprisonment for Receipt of Child Pornography
(STL.News) Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on May 20, 2021, Darrin S. McElhatton (age: 41) of Appleton, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison by Senior United States District Judge William C. Griesbach.
According to court records, McElhatton received and possessed numerous digital images and videos of child pornography. A routine security check at a Grand Chute motel led to the discovery of child pornography on McElhatton’s cell phone. He was previously convicted in Wisconsin state courts for similar crimes involving child pornography.
In imposing sentence, Judge Griesbach noted the serious nature of the charge, McElhatton’s aggravated criminal record, and the need for just punishment. Following his release from prison, McElhatton will spend the remainder of his life on supervised release. He also will be required to register as a sexual offender.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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.