Tuesday, April 2, 2013
William C. Dowling, 35, of Waukesha, faces up to 150 years in prison if convicted of 10 counts of possessing child pornography.
A Waukesha man faces up to 150 years in prison — if convicted — after Waukesha police say they found 804 images on his computer that were identified as child pornography, according to a criminal complaint. William C. Dowling, 35, was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography on Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court. He remains jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail. Waukesha police officers served a search warrant on Dowling’s residence on Thursday after an undercover investigation revealed Dowling was sharing child pornography from the home, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint states a detective located 804 images identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as known victims of child …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thomas Kopp faces four charges of possession pornography and one of not registering as a sex offender.
A plea hearing was set for May 20 in the case of a former Waukesha man charged with four counts of possessing child pornography. Thomas Kopp, 25, was arrested last September at his mother’s Waukesha home after Waukesha Police Department officers executed a search warrant. According to a criminal complaint, Kopp admitted to using his mother’s laptop to view pornography. Kopp appeared in court Monday before Judge William Domina. Online court records indicate that Kopp — whose official residence is now listed as Cudahy — is in counseling.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Jermaine L. Johnson, 36, faces three federal counts alleging he produced and possessed child pornography.
A 36-year-old former Waukesha man was indicted by a grand jury for three counts involving child pornography, including for accusations that he produced pornography. Jermaine L. Johnson is indicted on two counts of production of child pornography from incidents involving two minor girls engaging in sexual acts in July 2009 and August 2011, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle. Johnson also is indicted with allegations of possessing child pornography in March 2012. Johnson remains incarcerated, according to the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry. He was sentenced to six years of probation with one year of jail time for a second-degree sexual assault of a child conviction in Waukesha…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Joel Hochmuth, 52, of Waukesha, will spend four years in prison on his child pornography possession conviction.
The former Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) communication director — who was fired from his position upon his arrest for child pornography possession — will spend four years in prison after he followed a boys cross country team on multiple occasions. Joel W. Hochmuth also was sentenced Wednesday to five years of extended supervision after his probation was revoked on his child porn possession conviction. In addition to the “stalking conduct,” according to a hearing report, Hochmuth’s probation was revoked for the following reasons: Hochmuth was sentenced in June to 10 years of probation by Judge Kathryn Foster on the child pornography conviction. Hochmuth was charged in November 2011 after detectives from the Waukesha Police …
Friday, December 14, 2012
A woman is accused of having methamphetamine in her residence while police are looking into her sex offender son possibly having child pornography, according to a criminal complaint.
The mother of a sex offender accused of having child pornography in her home is now facing her own charges after Waukesha police said they found methamphetamine belonging to her. Teri L. Fariss, 46, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday with one count of possession of methamphetamine. If convicted, she faces up to 1 ½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Sept. 24, Waukesha police officers served a search warrant on a residence in the 1800 block of Shepherd Court while investigating Thomas Kopp, 24, of having child pornography. While in the home, officers found white powder in a bag, burnt aluminum strips and a bag of methamphetamine hidden inside a closet. Fariss said Kopp is her…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Daniel R. Schmidt, 21, of Waukesha, tells Judge Donald Hassin he prays every night that God can forgive him for his actions.
Struggling to understand how their son could commit so many horrific crimes, Daniel R. Schmidt’s family begged Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin Jr. on Monday to show Schmidt leniency as Hassin sentenced him to prison. Schmidt, 21, of Waukesha, will spend four years in prison for his conviction on two counts of possessing child pornography and one count of eluding police. Hundreds of pornographic images involving children – including of a toddler – were found on his computer via a search warrant after he fled from the Waukesha Police Department. “It is horrific – images that stay with one for a very long time,” said Assistant District Attorney Debra Blasius. With drug use, drug delivery and a high-speed car chase thrown into the …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Waukesha man, 24, faces prosecution for also failing to update his address on the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry.
A 24-year-old registered sex offender who already faced federal prosecution for possession of child pornography finds himself again jailed on similar charges. Thomas J. Kopp, of Waukesha, was charged Monday with four counts of possessing child pornography and one county of failing to update information to the Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry. He faces a maximum sentence of 106 years in prison if convicted of all five counts. Kopp was released from the Waukesha County Jail on Monday on $5,000 bail. According to the complaint: Waukesha Police Department officers executed a search warrant at Kopp’s mother’s Shepherd Court residence on Thursday as part of an investigation into child pornography. Police spoke with Kopp at the home, who admitted …
Monday, June 18, 2012
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 sexually assaulting a 13-year-old Muskego boy he met on Skout.com, a…
Monday, June 4, 2012
Joel W. Hochmuth, 52, of Waukesha, is required to register as a sex offender.
The former communications director for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod will spend one year in the work-release jail after he was sentenced Monday on one count of possessing child pornography. Joel W. Hochmuth, 52, of Waukesha, was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation the year of jail time is a condition of his probation. Other conditions of probation include sex offender treatment and registering on the state’s sex offender database, according to online court records. Two additional felony charges of possessing child pornography were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea. Hochmuth was charged in November after detectives from the Waukesha Police Department met with a special agent from the FBI, who told detectives that …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Suspect is caught after police find he is willing to trade child porn via the Internet, according to a criminal complaint.
A 56-year-old Waukesha man is facing charges after police discovered he was keeping child pornography on computers in his home. John E. Pirelli Sr. was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Courts on Friday with six counts of child pornography. If convicted, he faces up to 150 years in prison and $600,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Jan. 24, Waukesha police investigators discovered a man in Waukesha was willing to distribute child pornography with other computers. On Feb. 1, they executed a search warrant on Pirelli’s home in the 2000 block of Cardinal Drive, where he became frantic and admitted to downloading child pornography. Pirelli said there were five computers in the home and he had downloaded the porn and tried …