JUNEAU — A 53-year-old Waupun man has been charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after monitoring systems found suspicious images were downloaded to his computer.
Timothy R. Hilt could be sentenced to up to 250 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted on all the charges.
According to the criminal complaint, police received two cyber tips that were generated by Yahoo that indicated the digital images were downloaded using Yahoo Messenger. The four images, with two of them being the same, contained images of girls wearing lingerie. The images were not labeled as child pornography, but law enforcement decided to meet with Hilt.
Representatives from Dodge County Sheriff’s Office, along with a member of the Department of Criminal Investigations and a forensic analyst, went to Hilt’s home on May 22. They spoke to Hilt and told him that there were questionable images that were transmitted from his home IP address.
Hilt allegedly said that he had a phone and two laptops that he uses. He also was the only one who had the passwords for the internet. Hilt was asked for his personal laptop to make sure there were not images on the computer that were illegal in the state of Wisconsin.
According to the criminal complaint, there were 18,000 images in one folder, and many other folders, though they did not immediately find anything that was obviously child pornography. Law enforcement seized the hard drive, however, to go through the images, and eventually discovered 10 images fitting Wisconsin’s definition of child pornography.
Hilt will make his initial appearance in court on Dec. 26.