A Wisconsin man was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking multiple minors in the Philippines.
According to court documents, Donald A. Stenson, 67, of West Allis,
traveled to the Philippines on multiple occasions starting in 2007 and
repeatedly engaged in sexual activity with minors there. Between 2016
and 2019, Stenson lured five minor victims between the ages of
approximately 11 and 17 into commercial sex arrangements, engaging in
sexual activity with the victims and then providing them with money and
A search of Stenson’s electronic devices uncovered multiple images
and videos of the minor victims, including a video depicting Stenson
engaging in sex acts with a minor. The search also uncovered sexually
explicit messages with minors and messages in which Stenson discussed
engaging in sex acts with the minor victims with John Burgdorff, 66, of
West Allis. Burgdorff traveled with Stenson to the Philippines, and
Stenson encouraged the victims to meet with Burgdorff, who then also
engaged them in commercial sexual activity.
Stenson was identified based on a CyberTipline Report from the
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Stenson and
Burgdorff were both arrested at Burgdorff’s residence in West Allis and
charged as co-defendants in connection with their sex trafficking of
these minor victims. Burgdorff was sentenced in November 2022 to two and
a half years in prison for engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a
minor in a foreign place.
Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice
Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad for
the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Special Agent in Charge Sean
Fitzgerald of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Chicago made the
HSI Milwaukee, HSI’s Manila Transnational Criminal Investigation
Unit, HSI Bangkok, and Philippine authorities investigated the case.
Trial Attorney William G. Clayman of the Criminal Division’s Child
Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Megan J. Paulson and Abbey M. Marzick for the Eastern District of
Wisconsin prosecuted the case, with assistance from CEOS Trial Attorney
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 U.S.
Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section
(CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local
resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who
exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue
victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit