Arrest warrant issued for Sauk Co. supervisor on child pornography charges

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Sauk County supervisor after authorities say child pornography was found a computer in his home.

The warrant was issued Thursday, for District 29 Supervisor William F. Wenzel.

According to online court records, the warrant is for five counts of felony possession of child pornography.

The criminal complaint against Wenzel filed by Assistant Attorney General David Maas says Wenzel allegedly used BitTorrent software to connect to a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. During a January online investigation, authorities say a Wisconsin Department of Justice special agent connected to the network and was able to find a video file of child pornography associated with Wenzel’s home’s Internet Protocol (IP) Address.

On Friday, Feb. 22, authorities used a search warrant to search Wenzel’s home when the house was empty.

On a computer found during the sweep, a digital forensic examiner found multiple files “consistent with child pornography.”

An assistant Sauk County Clerk says Wenzel joined the Sauk County Board of Supervisors through an appointment in June 1997.

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