July 21, 2020
Jake Prinsen
Post Crescent

MILWAUKEE - A New York man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for sexually abusing two children in Appleton and California whom he met online.

Cort W. Davis, 32, of Rochester, New York, who is a registered sex offender, initiated online relationships with teenagers by pretending to be a 19-year-old named Caleb, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Officials said Davis traveled to southern California in April 2018 where he rented a hotel room and violently sexually abused a 14-year-old over several days. He then traveled to Appleton where he sexually abused a 13-year-old outside the Fox River Mall.

Officials said Davis got a motel room nearby to carry out more abuse, but investigators arrested him at the motel. They found videos on his cellphone of Davis abusing the children.

Senior District Judge William C. Griesbach said he believed a 25-year prison sentence was just and lengthy enough to protect the community. After completing his sentence, Davis will be on supervised release for the rest of his life.

The case was investigated by the Appleton Police Department, Grand Chute Police Department, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative the U.S. Department of Justice launched in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Officials said Davis was also convicted of possessing sexual performance by a child under 16 years old in Monroe County, New York in 2015 and was required to register as a sex offender until 2021. Davis was convicted of failure to report a change in address or status by a sex offender in 2017 in Henrietta, New York.


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