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Pierce County Herald
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A Plum City man was charged Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court with possession of child pornography, a Class D felony that carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or 25 years prison, if found guilty.

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Luke J. Hofmeister, 28, W1266 355th Ave., will have his next court appearance 10:15 a.m. April 21 on a preliminary hearing.

According to the criminal complaint, investigation by a Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) agent revealed that a computer at that residence was being used to facilitate the possession of known child pornography.

DCI agents, along with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at Hofmeister's address Monday afternoon. Hofmeister admitted to agents that he may have an addiction to child pornography, but denied ever having sexual intercourse with a minor. He also stated that the computer located in his bedroom would possibly contain child pornography, but offered a "no comment" when asked if he downloaded or viewed child pornography.

For more please read the April 15 print version of the Herald.

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 
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