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December 01, 2016:  SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

On 11-30-2016, Green County Sheriff’s Detectives, along with agents from the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, executed a search warrant at a residence on Dohm Drive in Exeter Township. A laptop, related computer equipment, and storage media containing child pornography were seized as evidence. Subsequently, the owner, Michael John Owen (age 48), was arrested at his place of employment and transported to the Green County Jail on a felony charge of “Possession of Child Pornography”.

This concluded a two-month-long investigation conducted by Green County Sheriff’s Office as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies. These agencies are continually engaged in proactive and reactive investigations and prosecutions of persons involved in child abuse and exploitation involving the internet.

Owen remains in custody pending his appearance in Green County Circuit Court. The public is reminded that this charge is only an allegation that a crime has been committed and that the defendant is presumed innocent until convicted by the court.

Authorized by:  Sheriff Mark A. Rohloff

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