Winona man sentenced to 38 years in prison for producing child pornography

The United States Attorney's Office said on Monday that a Winona man has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for producing child pornography. 

According to a news release, Ryan Thomas Feine, 35, was sentenced to 456 months in prison for production and attempted production of child pornography, followed by 20 years of supervised release. 

Feine had previously pleaded guilty on Oct. 7, 2019. 

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Tunheim described Feine's criminal conduct as "certainly horrendous" and further stated the case was "among the worst I've ever seen."

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"This is one of the most egregious cases of child sexual abuse my office has prosecuted," U.S. Attorney Eric MacDonald said in the release. "We will never shy away from difficult cases such as this, we are committed to pursuing justice for innocent children."

According to documents filed in court, between Feb. 10, 2013, and Sept. 10, 2013, Feine created multiple video recordings of his sexual abuse of a minor, who was less than a year old at the time. During that same time period, he also produced sexually explicit images of another minor, who was about 5 years old at the time. Feine came to the attention of authorities in August 2018, based on an allegation of ongoing sexual abuse. 

A search warrant on several of Feine's electronic devices found more than 1,000 images and 150 videos of child pornography. 

The National Center for Missing or Exploited Children identified the suspect as Feine.