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UPDATED: $225K Bail Set For Skout Sexual Assault Suspect

Waukesha man, 21, faces 16 charges in Waukesha County for alleged child pornography and drug crimes.

This story was updated at 1:51 p.m. Monday with additional information about the bail and criminal charges.

A 21-year-old Waukesha man whose sexual assault charge prompted a partial shutdown of a social networking site faces an additional 16 felonies in Waukesha County.

The one-time volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sister, a child mentorship program, is facing serious allegations of delivering drugs, sexual assault and child pornography in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. His bail was set Monday afternoon at $225,000 on the new charges. As a condition of bail, he is not to have any contact with males under age 18 and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Daniel R. Schmidt is accused of .  The case has drawn national media attention and prompted Skout’s CEO to shut down a mobile app to the website and

Schmidt is charged with:

  • One count of manufacturing/delivering marijuana
  • Two counts of maintaining a drug trafficking place
  • 13 counts of child pornography

Schmidt could face spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted on all the charges listed in the criminal complaints. He returns to court at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 for a preliminary hearing on the drug and child pornography charges.

The Waukesha Police Department discovered potential child pornography and sexual text messages between Schmidt and a minor while they were investigating Schmidt for drugs following a March police chase. Police then executed a search warrant on Schmidt’s home where they found child pornography, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint alleges Schmidt admitted to sharing about 360 images and four videos with other individuals. Investigators located more than 600 pornographic images on his computer, with the majority of the files being child pornography.

One of the children in the images has been identified as a known child victim by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the complaint states.

The drug charges allege Schmidt sold marijuana to a confidential informant working with the Waukesha Police Department on Oct. 20 and Nov. 17

According to the criminal complaint on the sexual assault charge in Milwaukee County:

Schmidt met the victim on Skout, where he posed as a 16-year-old in order to gain access to the younger age group where he met the 13-year-old. The teen sent pictures of his naked genitals to Schmidt and the two eventually arranged to meet.

Schmidt picked the victim up in Muskego on June 2 then drove to Hales Corners Park where they went to a secluded area and performed sexual acts. The two were spotted by a woman walking her dog, who called police.

Police officers confronted the two about the incident as they were leaving the secluded area of the park.

Schmidt appeared in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the charge filed there.

There have been at least two other cases nationally in which teenagers were assaulted by adults who found the youths in Skout, according to FOX News.

In Ohio, 15-year-old was allegedly raped by a 37-year-old man who posed as a teenager on Skout and promised to give her a ride to meet her boyfriend in Kentucky.

And in police in Escondido, CA, found a missing 12-year-old after checking her cell phone records and finding that she met someone through Skout. The girl was later found at the home of 24-year-old man, whom police say had sex with the underage girl.

Kyle Gorman June 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
This is gross Waukesha cares more bout the money then the safety of our children he should even have bail!!!just sick
Annalisa G.P. June 18, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Get this young man help if he did this to others he was a victim himself stop the abuse break the pattern. There is a place that I highly recommend for people who were victims of abuse of this Nature Healing Center 130 West Bruce Street, Milwaukee, Wi. 414-671-HEAL . Helps men & women to get help. As a survivor of abuse I know they helped me cope with ashame , pain, other feeling. I didn't abused others but I was very very protect so others wouldn't go through I went through. The Healing Center is free on bus routes 15, 23,19 Green line. You have nothing to loose but a lot to gain.
Annalisa G.P. June 18, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Get this young man help if he did this to others he was a victim himself stop the abuse break the pattern. There is a place that I highly recommend for people who were victims of abuse of this Nature Healing Center 130 West Bruce Street, Milwaukee, Wi. 414671HEAL . Helps men & women to get help. As a survivor of abuse I know they helped me cope with ashame , pain, other feeling. I didn't abused others but I was very very protect so others wouldn't go through I went through. The Healing Center is free on bus routes 15, 23,19 Green line. You have nothing to loose but a lot to gain.
Kyle Gorman June 18, 2012 at 06:14 PM
how is he a victim having drugs child pronography?
Denise Konkol (Editor) June 18, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I agree he needs help, but in this case the victim is a 13-year-old. I also have questions on why the 13-year-old felt OK to send pictures to him. I don't think that was ever in my plans in 7th grade.
muskego mom June 18, 2012 at 09:02 PM
The 13 year old should also get some kind of punishment. He was out in public too
proud of muskego June 18, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The 13 year old should not be considered an innocent bystander, he also needs guidance, correction and someone to keep a closer eye on him. He will become the next guy searching for a 12 year old or younger.
Johnny Paycheck June 18, 2012 at 10:21 PM
The posture and expressions of the accused and the police in that picture looks like they're getting ready for a hanging.
WIRSOL June 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Because the studies show that those that abuse have been abused themselves... In this day and age the "cycle of abuse" is something that should be common knowledge. They have been teaching it in schools for at least 25 years now. There is a cycle of abuse, there is a cycle of addiction, there is also a cycle of criminal behavior. But when it comes to abuse... those that were beated as children have a tendency to go on and beat their own children or spouses. Those that have been sexually abused as children, can go on and do the same thing, that is what they call a CYCLE. Break the cycle, rehabilitate, stop the revolving door on the DOC. REMEMBER, during our last budget bill, you know, the one that all the teachers hated, they INCREASED the DOC's budget while they CUT everyone else. The Corrections institution here in WI is not about rehabilitation and getting people the help they need, they are about keeping the CYCLE of abuse going for their OWN JOB SECURITY.
WIRSOL June 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM
That is because they are getting ready for a hanging... their are going to hang their career hats on this boy and use him as a stepping stone for something bigger for themselves... NOW THAT is abuse... Abuse of the system that says in their own mission statement that they are there to help rehabilitate and reintegrate people back in to the community safely... They may put them back in the community, but they certainly do not do anything to help them get there... If their own home support system is non-existent a person coming out of prison, regardless of crime stands a 50/50 chance of committing a new crime and going back in because of the way they are 'handled' when they are released... The DOC will tell you that it is a money issue but with over a BILLION in funds for just the 2010-2011 (http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/publications/Informational-Papers/Documents/2011/57_adult%20corrections%20program.pdf) fiscal year, you would think that they could better allocate their resources.
deer hunter June 19, 2012 at 01:44 PM
throw the perv/pedofile in the slammer and throw away the key. There's no sense in putting the public in more danger by thinking you can "REHAB" these monsters and releasing them back outside only to offend again!
WIRSOL June 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Deer hunter, if you ever kissed a girl BEFORE you turned 18 you are just as much a sex offender as a great many that are on the list in WI already... Also don't forget that a great many children are sexually active by the time they turn 14, and not because they were molested but because they chose it, not that they are legally allowed to, but because they are pubescent children. Most people in this country are FELONs that have just never been arrested and convicted. Most people commit felonies everyday and don't even realize it. This man hasn't even been convicted of one crime yet and you are ready to hang him on an ALLEGATION, I hope in the future you are treated with the same regard as you would choose to treat this person.
Cat June 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
this isn't a 16yr old boy kissing a 13yr old boy. This is a 21yr old MAN tricking a 13yr old into thinking he was 16 and doing this. ALSO this is a 21yr old MAN that was already arrested for drugs when they found child porn on his phone and computer and knowing he was in trouble for that went out and did this with the 13yr old. He is a preditor plain and simple. Yes he needs help but he needs to be locked away too because getting in trouble for the kiddie porn wasnt enough he put his thoughts into a real situation.
WIRSOL June 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
How many 21 year olds are truly adults, other than according to law? How long do you think the behavior has been going on, since he is only 21 currently and it would appear by the article that this has been going on for years, so it would appear that this started when he was A MINOR. In which case his PARENTS were responsible for him at that point in time. Punishment is one thing, for if he has committed a crime and is convicted in a court of law then it should happen, but along with that, eventually people will be released from prison and will be reintegrated back into society. Like alcoholism it is about choices and learning to see the warning signs and to acknowledge that they have a problem and to make the effort to make better choices until those better choices are the 'new habit' rather than the old choices that were made by him. Personally I believe that any one that has committed the crime of DUI more than 2 times should never have a drivers license again, EVER. They obviously haven't learned from their mistakes... Yet the law says they can do it over and over and over again with what appears to me as NO REAL CONSEQUENCES. Yet all of you are so willing to throw this boy under the bus before he has even received or attempted to receive any help. SHAME ON YOU.
Jason J June 19, 2012 at 05:37 PM
If the 13yr old was your kid WIRSOL I bet your attitude would change real fast. This "kid" as you put it is a 21yr old man who intentionally pretended to be a 16yr old to hook up with this 13 yr old child. He is a predator plain and simple. Hopefully the judge that let him out with a weak bail on his child porn charges realizes that if he would have locked him up the first time this 13yr old would not be a victim today.
WIRSOL June 19, 2012 at 06:31 PM
He probably has problems... But I will not be goaded into passing judgement on anyone that hasn't been through the legal system. As our Constitution states clearly as the law of the land, Innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers. To do anything else is vigilante behavior and is also a crime. There is always more to a story than is printed in the paper... There are documents that the public isn't privy to either in criminal cases... For the general public to pass judgement without all the facts make them no better than the person that has been accused of the crime.
greg s June 19, 2012 at 06:58 PM
i never would have guessed that he could have done anything...he had been to our house lots of times i'm just glad he didn't do anything to my family as well.
greg s June 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
they would if possible but the constitution says everyone gets a fair trail bla bla bla. what were they thinking?
Nina Llanas June 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Let he or she who goes without sin cast the first stone. GOD doesnt say one sin is worst then the other. Sin is sin. His standards are not our own. He says hatered in your heart towards one another towrds your neighbor is murder. I myself have been sexually abused and assaulted multiple times as a child and teenager. I have forgiven all my perpatraders. What is impossible for man is possible for God! Those that are sexual offenders are in pain they are hurt. They need a personal relationship with Jesus. I pray for all parties. God can heal all that desire HIM and seek Him. I will be ministering to this young man for I feel led to. Whether it is thru letter or a visit. But I know only walking in love and walking as an imitation of who Christ is in my life will only win this young man to Christ himself. Have a bleesed day!

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