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RF man charged with six counts of child pornography

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Michael D. Condon, Sr., 45, W10822 690th Ave., River Falls, has been charged with six counts of felony possession of child pornography stemming from an incident in March.

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According to the criminal complaint, the investigation started in March when members of the Prescott Police Department removed two computers from 1361 Ash St., where Condon was residing at the time.

Prescott Police then interviewed Condon at Dakota County Jail in Hastings in May where he was being booked on domestic disorderly charges from an incident also in March (that incident is separate from the pornography charges).

During the interview, Condon admitted that he looked at pornography, but there was nothing serious about it. His viewing of it, he said, declined over the years, from everyday to nothing at all with most of his usage coming from pop-ups or e-mails.

He also added there was no child pornography or bestiality.

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

He then acknowledge that he didn't save the images on the computer and deleted the history after visiting those sites so his kids can't get in there and see it.

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

Police then 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."

Police then advised him that the hard drives from the two computers were sent to the State of Wisconsin Crime Lab and the preliminary results showed that there were six images of prepubescent females depicted in sexually explicit images.

"There was some old stuff on there, but I don't know, I thought that was all off there," was Condon's response. He later added, "My God, there was a lot of stuff and I wiped it all out. I don't know. I don't know."

Condon's next scheduled appearance on these charges was a preliminary hearing scheduled for 2:45 p.m. July 10. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of $100,000 and/or twenty-five years in prison.

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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 with his wife and two daughters. 
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