A Turtle Lake man was arrested on 10 charges of possession of child pornography Feb. 14 after the Barron County Sheriff’s Department and Turtle Lake Police Department found photographs of children on one of his electronic devices, according to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 15.
Adam J. Rhodes, 41, was arrested following a Sheriff’s Department investigation involving The Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children connected an email address to his residential address, court records state.
Rhodes stated he used the email address to transfer photographs he downloaded from a Russian website with his phone to a Kindle, records state.
According to the complaint, a digital forensic examiner found 10 photographs of child pornography on Rhodes’ Kindle device. Court documents describe the photographs as depicting nude, underaged girls with visible private areas.
When Rhodes was asked if he thought the girls in the photographs were under 18, the complaint states he said, “oh yes, most definitely,” and when he was asked if they were under 10, he said, “probably, it’s hard to say.” The criminal complaint states law enforcement estimated the ages of the girls in the photographs to be from 3 to 13.
Rhodes told the Barron County detective he was surprised it had taken this long [to be caught], as he has been looking at images of children for about 10 years, the report states.