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Zackery Ryan Tohm Arrested, Charged with 15 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography and Five Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child
MADISON — On Friday, November 16, 2012, Special Agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice -- Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with assistance from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, interviewed Zackery Ryan Tohm, whose home address is 235 North Adams Street, St. Croix Falls.
According to the criminal complaint, the Wisconsin Department of Justice — Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) received a CyberTip report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of a possible online child enticement. On November 7, 2012, investigators with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and DCI contacted Zackery Ryan Tohm, who was believed to have been having an online relationship with an adult man. According to the criminal complaint, consent was given to search the defendant's two laptop computers and two cell phones. A forensic preview of one of the laptops, according to the complaint, uncovered 1,594 images of child pornography, including sexually explicit photos of young boys as well as sexually explicit photos of the defendant. On November 16, 2012, during an interview with investigators, Tohm admitted that he knew it was illegal to possess, send and distribute images of child pornography and further stated that he would've continued downloading, viewing and distributing images and video of child pornography until becoming 18-years-old.
Tohm has been charged with 15 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (by a Person Under Age 18), a felony, and five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child (by a Person Under Age 18), also a felony. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 28, 2013, at 1:30 p.m.
The Polk County Sheriff's Office is an affiliate of the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force. Questions concerning this case should be directed to the Polk County District Attorney's Office. A defendant enjoys the presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.