Former South Tahoe Fire Captain Sentenced to 10 Years for Child Porn

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 04, 2017 / comments

[PRpond]

On Friday Mark McLeod Wygant was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime of transporting child pornography.   

Wygant has been in custody since his arrest on January 29, 2015.  Four cameras were seized from the defendant’s vehicle on January 29, 2015.

According to court documents, between 2011 and 2012 Wygant secretly filmed a child on multiple occasions with the use of a hidden cell phone and hidden "spy cameras" that he had purchased for that purpose. 

Wygant then transported those videos and photos from a location in Butte County to South Lake Tahoe, where he worked at the time as a Fire Department captain.  The charges do not relate to any conduct committed during the course of his interaction with the public during his captain duties.

On February 12, 2015, "A federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment today against Mark McLeod Wygant, 44, resident of Chico, charging him with Sexual Exploitation and Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Minors," United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

On Dec. 22, 2016 U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced "Mark McLeod Wygant, 46, of Chico, pleaded guilty today to transportation of child pornography."  

The case was ajudicated by the United States District Court Eastern District of California, 9th Circuit. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. Click on the “resources” tab for information about Internet safety education.