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Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Partner with the Appleton Police Department in Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Operation


William N. Richards of Appleton Arrested, Charged with Eight Counts of Possession of Child Pornography


MADISON — On Thursday, March 28, 2013, special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with assistance from the Appleton Police Department, executed a search warrant at the home of William N. Richards, located at 154 Foster Court in the City of Appleton.


According to the Criminal Complaint, during the execution of the search warrant, the defendant admitted to a DCI agent that he possessed child pornography on a laptop computer and separate external hard drive that he then pointed out to the agent. During a forensic preview of the external hard drive, a computer analyst on-site extracted approximately 100 graphic image files and approximately 25 graphic video files consistent with child pornography, according to the complaint. In an interview with the DCI special agent, Richards admitted that he “had a problem.” On Thursday, May 2, 2013, a criminal complaint was filed, charging Richards with eight counts of Possession of Child Pornography, a felony.


The Appleton Police Department is a member of Wisconsin's ICAC Task Force. Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office. A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.