An Eau Claire man is accused of downloading and sharing child pornography.

Charles E. Fedie, 53, 1621 Lloyd Ave., is charged in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of possession of child pornography and sexual exploitation of a child by filming.

A $25,000 cash bail was set for Fedie, who returns to court Dec. 18.

As conditions of bail, Fedie cannot have contact with children or use the internet.

According to the criminal complaint:

Authorities received a tip Sept. 12 from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an image of child pornography was uploaded to Facebook.

The tip indicated the image was connected to Fedie's Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Police executed a search warrant for Fedie's residence on Tuesday.

Fedie admitted he may have downloaded as many as 20 images of child pornography on his thumb drive. He said he shared some of the images through Facebook.

During a follow-up interview, Fedie said he sexually assaulted two boys about 30 years ago in Buffalo County.

Authorities contacted one of the victims, who said he was 8 to 10 years old when he was assaulted by Fedie.

If convicted of both charges, Fedie could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison.  

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