Prosecutors say Sauk City teen had child porn

February 10, 2018 GMT

Prosecutors have charged a Sauk City teen with felony possession of child pornography after an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

According to a criminal complaint, officers raided the home of 17-year-old Isaac A. Powers on Wednesday, acting on information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The nonprofit allegedly had received a tip from Dropbox, a tech company that allows subscribers to share computer files by dropping them in online folders.

Dropbox noticed that an account, which authorities say was operated by Powers, had uploaded “a lot of files of child pornography,” the complaint states. The DOJ allegedly traced the internet activity to Powers’ home.

Agents seized and analyzed Powers’ cell phone, and allegedly found one video and three images that were determined to be child pornography.

During an interview, Powers allegedly told an investigator that he began looking at child pornography when he was 14, and that at first it was of children his own age.

He described the children in the pornographic images he typically swaps with others online as being “really young,” according to the complaint.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged Powers with four counts of child porn possession by a person under age 18, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 42 months in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Powers was arrested and appeared Thursday in Sauk County Circuit Court, where a judge authorized his release on a $5,000 signature bond. He is due to appear in court March 16.