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A $5,000 cash bond was set Wednesday in Racine County Court for a man charged with possessing 100s of images of child pornography.
Joshua Wyant, 38, of Sturtevant, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with 12 counts of possession of child pornography. If convicted on all charges, Wyant faces up to life in prison and fines up to $1.2 million and a fee of $500 per photo or copy of an image that is associated with the crime.
According to the criminal complaint, an investigator with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department identified Wyant’s IP address was used to download child pornography through a known peer to peer website.
The investigator obtained a search warrant for Wyant’s home and seized multiple computers, storage devices, and children’s underwear. When interviewed, Wyant admitted that he downloaded child pornography. He also said he stole the underwear from a shared laundry area in the basement.
Over 200 images and 400 torrent files containing child pornography.
“A torrent file is a small file that contains information about files and provides a method for users to download the files referenced within the torrent
The videos depicted children as young as two-years-old in sexual situations.
Racine County Court Commissioner Robert Goepel set a cash bond of $5,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. August 1 in front of Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch.