River Falls man pleads guilty to having child pornA rural River Falls man was found guilty last week of possession of child pornography and is scheduled for sentencing in Pierce County Court next month.
By: Judy Wiff , Pierce County Herald
A rural River Falls man was found guilty last week of possession of child pornography and is scheduled for sentencing in Pierce County Court next month.
Allan D. Dau, 47, N8424 900th St., Unit A, River Falls, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Three other similar charges were dismissed but will be used as read-ins. Judge James Duvall ordered a presentence investigation, and a sentencing hearing is set for 3:30 p.m. Nov. 27.
Dau was charged with possession of child pornography in October 2011 after officers executed a warrant, searched his home in the town of River Falls and found pornographic images on his laptop computer.
According to the criminal complaint, an agent of the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation posed as a Hudson man and chatted with Dau online about a pornographic website. Pierce County Judge Joseph Boles subsequently issued a search warrant.
On Oct. 12, 2011, DCI agents and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department deputies and investigators went to Dau’s apartment while he was at work and began searching for evidence.
Shortly after the search began, Special Agent Jonathan Meyer tried to reach Dau at his job in Roseville, Minn., and left a voice mail message on his cell phone.
About half an hour later, Dau returned the call, came home about 1 1/2 hours after the search began and was interviewed.
During the course of the search, a DCI computer analyst conducted an onsite review of Dau’s laptop, allegedly locating 69 images that “portrayed sexually explicit images of children.”
Four of the jpeg images, including three of the same adolescent girl and one of a younger child, were used as the basis for the criminal complaint.
According to the agent’s description, the girls in the photos were scantily clothed and were posed in provocative positions.
During the interview, Dau allegedly said he didn’t consider the photographs he had to be pornography because pornography is “engaging in sex.”
At the time, Dau, a divorced father of two teens, told an investigator he volunteered with a horseback riding program for disabled children and has volunteered in the past as a softball and hockey coach for children’s athletic teams.