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WI DOJ Agents Partner With Washington County Sheriff's Office in Internet Crimes Against Children Operation - Justin J. Charles Arrested


Justin J. Charles of Colgate Arrested


COLGATE - On Thursday May 6, 2010  at approximately 2:40 PM, investigators from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and Washington County Sheriffs Office executed a search warrant based on probable cause from a Peer to Peer (Possession of Child Pornography) investigation. 


Upon entry to the residence located at 4110 W. County Line Road, Colgate, WI, investigators observed a marijuana grow in the upper bedroom.  Washington County Sheriff's Narcotic Investigators recovered approximately 65 marijuana plants and other evidence that facilitated the manufacturing process.  In addition to the drug paraphernalia and marijuana plants five firearms were recovered. 


A DCI Forensic Analyst conducted a preview of a hard-drive take from a computer located in the living room.  According to the criminal complaint, a DCI analyst confirmed that this hard-drive contained sexually explicit images of children. DCI agents recovered additional computer and electronic devises for further analysis. 


Charles was arrested and interviewed regarding the above illegal activities.  According to the criminal complaint, during his interview Charles admitted to downloading adult and child pornography from Limewire.  The complaint further states that Charles admitted to viewing child pornography videos in addition to manufacturing marijuana in his residence for personal use. 


Charles was arrested and charged with three Counts of Possession of Child Pornography, one Count of Manufacture/Deliver THC, one Count of Maintaining a Drug Trafficking Place and one Count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.


Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Washington County District Attorney's Office.


Charles' preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 24 at the Washington County Courthouse.


A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.


A copy of the criminal complaint is available at:


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