Tereau convicted in child pornography caseA man arrested 16 months ago in a child pornography investigation was convicted in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday afternoon, Feb. 24.
By: By Jon Echternacht, New Richmond News
A man arrested 16 months ago in a child pornography investigation was convicted in St. Croix County Circuit Court Friday afternoon, Feb. 24.
Richard Lawrence Tereau, 41, St. Paul, Minn., who was a Town of Somerset resident at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to one count of felony possession of child pornography. The remaining 10 counts in the case were read into the record for purposes of a surcharge.
Judge Howard W. Cameron set a sentencing hearing for May 22 at 2 p.m.
Prosecutor Frank Collins said the state recommended a three year prison sentence with a similar amount of extended supervision and a $500 surcharge for each of the 11 counts.
The maximum sentence for a felony conviction in the case is 25 years, including 15 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
During the plea hearing DOJ Special Agent Jonathan Meyer introduced a computer disc with copies of images seized during Tereau’s arrest. The court was obliged to view one image to determine a factual basis.
Following the viewing, Collins said the image showed, “lewd exhibition of genitals” of a child. Judge Cameron agreed it satisfied the statute requirement of “lewd exhibition of intimate parts.”
Cameron warned Tereau to get his affairs in order and be ready to be taken into custody at the sentencing hearing.
“You will do some jail time,” the judge said.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice said on Sept. 24, 2010, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department followed up on a report from U.S. Immigration and Customs that Tereau had paid for an Internet subscription to a child pornography website in the past.
Law enforcement reports said Tereau admitted to possessing images of child pornography of females between 10 and 12 years old and gave consent to a DCI analyst to look over his computer’s hard drive.
Robert Wertheimer of Hudson was Tereau’s defense attorney.