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Former roommates charged with possessing child porn

MENOMONIE — Two former roommates have been charged in Dunn County with possessing child pornography.

Todd V. Leary, 40, currently in custody at the Chippewa County Jail, and Jonathan D. Stromley, 41, 1326 Knapp St., Menomonie, have each been charged with felony possession of child pornography on Oct. 18. Stromley has been charged as a repeater.

Leary also faces two counts of felony bail jumping.

Stromley also is charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia; both are charged as a repeat offender.

According to the criminal complaints:

Leary was arrested on a probation violation. A Menomonie police investigator got a search warrant for Leary’s cellphone and saw images of a child 8 to 10 years old flanked by two males of the same age nude. Another image depicted sexual acts with a male who appeared younger than 18.

Leary told police when he smokes methamphetamine he searches the internet for pornography, particularly of young people. He estimated the ages of those in the images to be 14 to 19. He estimated investigators would find 100 or so pictures of underage girls and boys.

Leary said he was introduced to child pornography by Stromley and told authorities Stromley kept the pornography on a computer hard drive.

After a search warrant was executed at Stromley’s home, officers located a hard drive with several folders that contained various types of pornography, including one image of a male appearing to be age 13 to 16 engaging in a sex act.

Stromley claimed the Lunesta found in his bedroom belonged to someone else.

Contact: 715-556-9018, pamela.powers@ecpc.com, @MenomonieBureau on Twitter


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