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UPDATE: Part-time Grand Chute CSO charged with 10 counts of possession of child porn

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WEDNESDAY 2/19/2020 3:46 p.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – A part-time Grand Chute Community Service Office has been charged with 10 counts of Possession of Child Pornography in Outagamie County Court.

According to a criminal complaint, 23-year-old Casey Welk was arrested after the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office says they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children “that an Instagram user had uploaded suspected child pornography images.”

After a subpoena was issued, authorities were able to determine the address of the Instagram user.

Based on an investigation, it was determined that the post had been made from Welk’s Appleton home.

On Tuesday, law enforcement officers searched Welk’s home and interviewed him. According to the criminal complaint, “Welk ultimately admitted that he was the user for the Instagram account.”

Welk also “described his trouble with pornography and the progression from adult pornography to child pornography.” He added that it was “pathetic.”

The Sheriff’s Office reports finding ten images considered child pornography on Welk’s phone and laptop.

Welk is making his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon.

Local 5’s Erinn Taylor will have more on Local 5 News at 4.

Original Story: Part-time Grand Chute CSO arrested for possession of child porn

TUESDAY 2/18/2020 5:45 p.m.

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – Part-time Grand Chute Community Service Officer Casey Welk has been arrested for possession of child pornography.

Authorities say the investigation began when the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office received a Cyber Tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) which indicated that 23-year-old Welk had obtained child pornography online.

Investigators are currently working to determine the number of files involved in the offense and the social media platforms used.

Welk was employed as a part-time Community Service Officer with the Grand Chute Police Department; deputies say the Grand Chute Police command staff were notified and cooperated fully with the investigation.

Welk was booked into the Outagamie County Jail on multiple counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

The investigation is ongoing.

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