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The Racine man arrested Tuesday for alleged Internet crimes against children was formally charged Wednesday with a single felony county of possession of child pornography.

Jacob Bierer, 35, could face up to 25 years in prison and/or up to $100,000 in fines after investigators with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department say they found at least one video depicting children engaged in a sex act with each other.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Internet Crimes Against Children division discovered an IP address that had downloaded at least eight files off the ARES peer-to-peer program. A search warrant for the IP address led investigators to an address in the 2900 block of Goold Street.

Deputies say when they arrived at the residence, they found Bierer. He waived his rights and admitted he had been downloading child porn for years. Bierer told investigators he would get drunk, download the files and then delete them.

Bierer was assigned a $10,000 cash bond and ordered not to possess or consume any alcohol and not to have any contact with minors or to use the Internet. He will next be in court for a preliminary hearing May 8.

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