Publish date:

Minnesota man sentenced in 'horrendous' child pornography case

The 35-year-old will serve 38 years in prison.
Ryan Feine

A 35-year-old Minnesota man was sentenced this week to 38 years in prison after pleading guilty to to producing child pornography. 

United State Attorney Eric H. MacDonald said the case involving Ryan T. Feine, of Winona, is "one of the most egregious cases of child sexual abuse my office has prosecuted." The judge that heard Feine's guilty plea last October called it "certainly hoorendous" and "among the worst I've ever seen." 

A search warrant turned up more than 1,000 images and 150 videos of child pornography, according to court documents. Between February 2013 and September 2013, Feine pleaded guilty to creating multiple videos of him sexually abusing an infant who was less than a year old at the time, in addition to producing sexually explicit images of a 5-year-old. 

It wasn't until August 2018 that law enforcement was alerted to Feine's crimes, with investigators from the FBI, Winona Police Department and Winona County Sheriff's Office later learning that Feine created a "multi-part child pornography series that has been distributed across the country."

Feine will serve 20 years of supervised release following the 38-year prison sentence, along with restitution payable to each victim. 

According to the Winona Daily News, Feine also has pending charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Winona County and two counts of criminal sexual conduct of varying degrees in Fillmore County. 

Anyone concerned about a child who may be a victim of exploitation should call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678. 

Next Up

Anthony Edwards

Ant's rally not enough to save Timberwolves

Edwards' third-quarter explosion came too late in a loss to the Pelicans.

Rent, mortgage, house, key, door

Victims of property manager's sexual harassment to get $736,000

It's part of a consent decree announced by the Department of Justice Monday.

The Liffey Pub Facebook

St. Paul's Irish pub The Liffey reveals it won't reopen

The beloved pub has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Proctor football

Proctor football investigation: Case goes to county attorney

The office will review the evidence and consider possible criminal charges.

kirsten mitchell screegrab

'I’m heading home!': CA reporter announces return to WCCO

Kirsten Mitchell interned at WCCO years ago. Now, she's coming back as a reporter.


As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.


Sean Windingland

Charges: St. Paul man sexually abused child relatives

He faces up to 30 years in prison for each criminal sexual conduct charge.

Jail handcuffs arrest

Starbuck man charged with uploading, sharing child pornography

The 47-year-old was arrested after a tip from the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children.

court gavel

Convicted sex offender found guilty of possessing child pornography

He was found in possession of a tablet with 3,000 images and videos on it.

Dylan Deling

Minnesota man sentenced for 'sextortion' of 40 girls

An FBI-led investigation led to the alarming discovery.

u.s. attorney

MN man who produced child pornography sentenced to 15 years in prison

He was also charged and convicted in Dakota County Court.

Jail handcuffs arrest

Austin 'repeat offender' sentenced to 20 years in child porn case

Phillip Arlan Koontz, 53, pleaded guilty earlier this year.