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MAUSTON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Bradley Carver of Necedah was ordered to spend the next three years in prison for five counts of possession of child pornography. He was sentenced by Juneau County Judge John Roemer after pleading no contest to those counts last November. Carver also was ordered to serve seven years on extended supervision following his release from prison. An additional fifteen counts originally charged in the criminal complaint were dismissed but considered for sentencing purposes. Carver was ordered to pay a child pornography surcharge of $500 for each of the 20 charged images for a total of $10,000.
The charges resulted from an investigation by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department into the use of “peer-to-peer” file sharing programs for distribution of child pornography. According to the criminal complaint, a Wood County investigator was able to monitor traffic on the peer-to-peer software and saw files suspected to be child pornography distributed through an Internet protocol (IP) address that was later determined to be assigned to the defendant. In addition, the criminal complaint alleges that when a search warrant was conducted of the defendant’s computer and digital storage devices, more than 10,000 images and videos of suspected child pornography and child erotica were recovered by investigators. Further analysis by the Department of Justice showed that Carver had tens of thousands of additional pictures and videos that had been deleted from his computer.
The maximum possible penalty for each count is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 25 years or a fine of not more than $100,000, or both. Assistant Attorney General David W. Maas represented the state as special prosecutor for Juneau County. The case was investigated by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, the Juneau County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice.