Florence man sent to prison

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. – A Florence County man has been sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.

Michael Wang, 47, of Florence, Wis., was sentenced in Vilas County Circuit Court on two counts of possession of child pornography, announced Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Judge Neal Nielsen ordered Wang to serve a total of three years initial confinement in prison, followed by five years extended supervision, and ordered Wang to pay a child pornography surcharge of $5,000. Eight additional counts of child pornography were dismissed but considered at sentencing along with numerous other uncharged counts.

Wang is a former middle school math teacher for the Northland Pines School District in Eagle River.

While using a school-issued laptop computer, Wang began engaging in online inappropriate sexual chatting, at times with minor females. Investigators believe one of the people with whom he had regular sexual chats, often times in his classroom at the school, was a 13-14 year old girl from another state.

Monitoring software installed on the school computers alerted school officials to the inappropriate chatting.

While investigating the sex chats, school officials discovered two digital flash drives in a filing cabinet in Wang’s classroom.

Those two flash drives were found to contain more than 100 pictures and videos of child pornography. Some of the pictures and videos depicted adults committing sex acts against children as young as 4-5 years old. Wang also had ordinary digital family photographs on one of the same flash drives.

Each count carried a maximum penalty of 25 years imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, and a mandatory $500 child pornography surcharge.

Assistant Attorney General David Maas acted as special prosecutor for Vilas County. The case was investigated by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department forensic unit.