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Former Colorado deputy to face 41 months in federal prison for child pornography


CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A former Adams County, CO sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced in Wyoming Federal Court for child pornography.

Acting United States Attorney Nicholas Vassallo announced today that Christopher Mark Haenel, 41, of Sheridan Wyoming was sentenced on Nov. 7 by Judge Alan B. Johnson for accessing with intent to view child pornography.

Haenel has been sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release. He has also been ordered to pay a $5,000 special assessment pursuant to the Victims of Sex Trafficking Act of 2015; a $500 special assessment and mandatory restitution of at least $3,000 per requesting victim pursuant to the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act of 2018; and a $100 special assessment.

Haenel is a retired Adams County, Colorado, sheriff’s deputy, and came to the attention of law
enforcement when Kik, a social media platform, reported that he was sharing child pornography
using its service.


This case was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation ICAC.