A 45-year-old Hayward man was charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography after agents searched his home in a motel.
James Allen Hatcher, 45, was arrested after a June 5 search of his room at the Edelweiss Motel, 16081 Park Road.
On May 12 a Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation special agent downloaded child pornography from a computer located at Hatcher’s residence, according to court records. Hatcher was a long-term tenant at the motel.
On June 5, the motel owners tuned over their electronic devices to the DCI agent and a Sawyer County detective for searches and no contraband was located.
DCI agents obtained a search warrant for Hatcher’s apartment and on June 5 found a laptop computer hard drive with more than 180 files of child pornography in the apartment, records said. After he was arrested, Hatcher admitted to being the only person to use the laptop computer, and admitted to downloading, saving and viewing child pornography onto the computer, records said.
Hatcher was jailed on a $100,000 cash bond and had his initial court appearance June 7. He is ordered to have no contact with anyone under age 18, not to use the Internet and not to possess any device that can connect with the Internet.
A preliminary hearing is set for June 17.