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PLUM CITY - Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation along with the Pierce County Sheriff's arrested Luke J. Hofmeister on 20 counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
A Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation special agent in an undercover capacity found a computer that was available to share videos of known child pornography with other computer users. An investigation revealed that the computer at Luke J. Hofmeister's residence was being used to facilitate the possession of known child pornography. DCI Agents obtained a search warrant for Hofmeister's residence. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department assisted DCI agents with the execution of the search warrant on April 6, 2009 at W1266 355th Ave., Plum City, Pierce County, Wisconsin.
Several computer hard drives and computer related media were discovered at the residence. Hofmeister spoke with agents and showed agents where evidence containing child pornography would be located at the property. Hofmeister admitted that he may have an addiction (to child pornography). Hofmeister denied ever having sexual contact with a minor child. Hofmeister also stated that the computer located in his bedroom would possibly contain child pornography. He had "no comment” when asked if he downloaded or viewed child pornography.
An on-scene preview of Hofmeister's computer hard drives and peripheral computer media revealed hundreds of videos of child pornography, and still images of child pornography. Hofmeister was arrested at the scene and transported to the Pierce County Jail pending formal charging by the Pierce County District Attorney's Office. Hofmeister was arrested for 20 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. Hofmeister is a 28 year old male.
Questions concerning this case should be directed towards the Pierce County District Attorney's Office.
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