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WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AGENTS PARTNER WITH ST. CROIX COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AND U.S. DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT (ICE) IN INTERNET CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN OPERATION
Richard L. Tereau of Somerset Arrested
SOMERSET – On September 24, 2010, the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department conducted follow up investigation at 2184 60th St., in Somerset, St. Croix County, WI after receiving information from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that a subject identified as Richard L. Tereau of 2184 60th St. had paid for an Internet subscription to a known child pornography website in the past. Subsequently, a DCI Special Agent and St. Croix County Sheriff's Department Detective contacted Tereau at his residence.
Law enforcement obtained consent to search Tereau's laptop computer. A DCI Criminal Analyst assisted with an on-scene preview of Tereau's computer hard drive. According to the criminal complaint, pursuant to this analysis several images of child pornography were retrieved from his computer.
According to the complaint, Tereau spoke with law enforcement and admitted to currently possessing images of child pornography. Tereau estimated the ages of the female child victims depicted in the pornography on his computer as 10-12 years of age.
He admitted viewing the images of child pornography for his own sexual gratification. He stated that he paid for the child pornography and stated that his preference for child pornography is young girls between the ages of ten and twelve.
Tereau was subsequently arrested for Possession of Child Pornography. He was transported to the St. Croix County Jail and processed into the jail.
Mr. Tereau was arrested and charged with 1 Count of Possession of Child Pornography.
Questions concerning this case should be directed to the St. Croix County District Attorney's Office.
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