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JEFFERSON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on December 16, 2010, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jacqueline Erwin accepted Ronald W. Bowser's guilty pleas to two counts of Possession of Child Pornography, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 948.12(1m). Five additional counts of possession of child pornography were dismissed as part of the plea agreement with the understanding that the Court may consider those charges in setting an appropriate sentence for Bowser.
The matter was adjourned for completion of a presentence investigation report. The sentencing will be scheduled. The maximum possible penalty for Possession of Child Pornography is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 25 years or a $100,000 fine, or both, as to each count. Wisconsin law establishes a presumptive minimum confinement period for each count of 3 years in prison but also permits the Court to order a shorter confinement period, or no prison confinement, if the Court finds that the best interests of the community will be served and the public will not be harmed by doing so.
According to the criminal complaint, an undercover investigation developed evidence that a computer located at W727 Hwy 18, Sullivan, Wisconsin, was offering to share child pornography content over the Internet through the peer-to-peer file sharing network. A search warrant was executed at that address on March 14, 2007, and Bowser was identified as a resident there. A computer belonging to Bowser was found to contain multiple videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Bowser was charged by the JeffersonCounty District Attorney's Office with seven counts of Possession of Child Pornography.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force with assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Assistant Attorney General Michael G. Schaefer and Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Monica Hall represent the state.