Child porn charges filed against 3 more in St. Croix County
The aftermath of a Super Bowl-timed sex crime sting revealed details from more suspects rounded up this month in St. Croix County.
Criminal complaints against two Hudson men and a Woodville man outlined state and local efforts to target child pornography.
Two of those cases were launched after Hudson police got word about suspected child porn being discovered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The organization passed information along to the state's Department of Justice, which disseminated the complaints to local law enforcement.
While state agents teamed up with local officers for a sting timed to coincide with the Super Bowl, DOJ agents assisted in St. Croix County communities with ongoing investigations.
That included one launched Jan. 3 when the DOJ learned that suspected child porn was connected to a Hudson-based IP address. Hudson police, along with sheriff's deputies and state Division of Criminal Investigation agents, went Feb. 6 to that home, owned by Ronald W. Fulton.
Authorities rammed down Fulton's Stonepine Avenue door while serving a search warrant that turned up eight images of child porn, according to a criminal complaint. Fulton allegedly admitted to viewing adult images and denied an interest in child porn. The complaint later states he admitted to logging into a site with the same username identified by NCMEC that raised suspicions.
St. Croix County prosecutors charged Fulton with two counts of child porn possession. He posted $7,000 cash bond Feb. 8.
The same day as the Fulton raid, authorities went to another Hudson home following complaints from NCMEC alleging someone in Hudson uploaded child porn.
Officers tracked that to a Summer Street home rented out to two men and executed a search warrant there, where they were met at the front door by resident Derek A. Small. The 39-year-old was told about the purpose of the raid and admitted that he, not his roommate, possessed child porn.
Authorities recovered nearly 30 images of suspected child porn from Small's computers, which he allegedly admitted to uploading.
He was charged with 10 counts of child porn possession and had his initial bond set at $15,000 Feb. 7 before it was reduced to $10,000 a week later. He will be arraigned March 13.
Authorities executed a third raid Feb. 8 in Woodville, where a man was arrested after allegedly admitting to possessing five child porn images on an Amazon Kindle. That suspect, 24-year-old Jacob L. Aune, was later charged with five counts of child porn possession and held on $7,500 cash bond.
If convicted, child porn charges in Wisconsin carry a minimum of three years in prison.
Two other St. Croix County men were charged with attempted sexual assault of a child in connection with the Super Bowl sting. A fourth man, of North Hudson, also faces child porn charges.