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Ex-Prescott man gets three years prison for child porn

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

A former Prescott man was sentenced Monday in Pierce County Circuit Court to 36 months prison and four years extended supervision upon release for two counts of possession of child pornography.

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Michael D. Condon, Sr., 46, must also complete a sex offender evaluation and comply with all treatment. He also cannot have any contact with anyone under age 18 and have no possession of a computer or access to a computer.

"He has a history of law enforcement contacts going back 19 years," explained Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing in his sentencing. "In the past, the only time he's stopped committing offenses was while he was in prison."

Condon was initially charged in June 2007 with six counts of possession of child pornography. Two were dismissed in July of that year while the other two were dismissed last November as part of a plea agreement.

According to the criminal complaint, Prescott police interviewed Condon at the Dakota County Jail in Hastings, Minn., in May 2007, where he was being booked on a separate incident. Condon initially told police he looked at pornography, but there was nothing serious about it.

"I just look at websites, just like anybody else," he said. "When they're offensive to me, I stop looking at them."

He then said he didn't save the images on the computer and deleted the history after visiting those sites so his children wouldn't see it.

Later in the interview, police pressed him about what would be on the computers. He stated one would find mainly e-mails, his work website and no downloaded pictures.

Police asked again and, after listing business and Google-related searches, he said "you know as well as I do your (sic) going to get porn."

For more please read the Jan. 7 print version of the Herald.

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