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UPDATE: Appleton man arrested for possession of child pornography waives prelim hearing

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FRIDAY 3/6/2020 5:39 a.m.

CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) – An Appleton man has waived his preliminary hearing in Calumet County Court after being arrested in late February for possession of child pornography.

Court records show 44-year-old Troy Meyer is facing multiple felony charges, including 1st-degree sexual assault of a child, child sexual exploitation, and six counts of possession of child pornography. When investigators searched Meyer’s computer, they say they found over 1,000 images considered child pornography.

Meyer is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment in April.

1,000+ child porn-related images found on Appleton man’s computer

THURSDAY 2/20/2020 1:45 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – An upload to Facebook Messenger titled “troy. d. meyer.9” sparked the investigation that led to the arrest of an Appleton man that is now facing numerous charges, including sexual assault of a child.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children on Feb. 10 that a child pornography image was uploaded to Facebook Messenger. Four other similar tips were associated with the same Facebook account.

Upon investigation, police found the Facebook account was connected to 44-year-old Troy Meyer of Appleton.

Authorities say they found numerous photos considered child pornography and connected those photos to Meyer.

A search warrant was then ordered for Meyer’s Appleton home. On Wednesday, Appleton Police executed the search warrant.

When interviewing Meyer, he reportedly told police that he was trying to transfer the child pornography photos from his phone to his laptop by using his Facebook Messenger. Meyer stated that this got his Facebook shut down.

Meyer also said he, “believed that he downloaded a few hundred images” similar to the images that caused his Facebook to be shut down.

According to the criminal complaint, Meyer told authorities he took photos of a child which could be considered child pornography. Meyer also stated that he had inappropriately touched that same child.

In the court document, Meyer told investigators, “I’m sexually attracted to children.”

Over 1,000 child pornography-related images were found on Meyer’s laptop. According to the criminal complaint, some of those photos included the previously mentioned child.

Meyer currently faces charges of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child – Sexual Contact with a Person under Age 13, one count of Child Sexual Exploitation, and six counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

A future court date has not been set.

Appleton man charged with sexual assault of a child, possession of child porn in Calumet Co.

THURSDAY 2/20/2020 1:06 p.m.

CHILTON, Wis. (WFRV) – Charges have been filed against the Appleton man arrested for sexually assaulting a child and possessing child pornography.

Court documents show 44-year-old Troy Meyer has been charged with one count of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child – Sexual Contact with a Person under Age 13, one count of Child Sexual Exploitation, and six counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Appleton Police say Meyer was arrested after an investigation from a cyber tip that he was sharing and receiving child pornography through social media.

During the investigation, authorities say they uncovered numerous images of child pornography including a video of him sexually assaulting a child.

A future court date has not been set.

Original Story: Appleton man arrested for sexual assault of a child, possession of child porn

THURSDAY 2/20/2020 10:20 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – An Appleton man has been arrested for Sexual Assault of a Child and Possession of Child Pornography, according to Appleton Police.

According to authorities, 44-year-old Troy Meyer was arrested Wednesday morning after Appleton Police executed a search warrant at a home on the city’s south side.

The warrant was issued after an investigation from a cyber tip that Meyer was sharing and receiving child pornography through social media.

During the initial stages of the investigation, investigators say they uncovered numerous images of child pornography including a video of him sexually assaulting a child.

Meyer was reportedly taken into custody and held in the Calumet County Jail for two counts of 1st Degree Incest with a Child, two Counts of 1st degree Sexual Assault of a Child and six counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Authorities say they continue to investigate this incident.

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