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Police: Child porn case one of worst in state’s history

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:26:27 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 29 2013 08:28:38 AM CDT
Timmy Reichling

Timmy Reichling

DARLINGTON, Wis. -

A Darlington man was arrested after an investigation into sexual exploitation of a child and child pornography revealed the man had several million images of child pornography, police said.

Police said Timmy J. Reichling, 46, was arrested Aug. 22 following the execution of a search warrant at his home where several electronic storage devices were seized.

Reichling was arrested on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of being a registered sex offender who intentionally photographed a minor without consent and five counts of being in possession of child pornography. He was arraigned Tuesday and bail was set at $1 million.

The investigation started after a 13-year-old female told police a man started contacting her on the Internet and asked her to send naked pictures, according to the criminal complaint. The girl told police she started sending him pictures but when she wanted to stop he threatened to show the pictures to her family.

The girl told police she thought she was texting someone her age, according to the complaint. Reichling had contact with her for more than two years and used different names during their interactions.

According to the complaint, Reichling would leave a camera in her back yard nightly or every other night for her to take naked pictures of herself. The search warrant found several hundred images and videos of the female on Reichling’s electronic storage devices.

"This remains an ongoing investigation," Wisconsin ICAC Task Force Commander, Special Agent in Charge Jenniffer Price said in a release. "We have reason to believe there are other possible juvenile victims who have yet to be identified, both in Wisconsin and out of state."

“There could be victims anywhere in this region or frankly, anywhere in this nation or even in this world that may not be able to be tracked down but we’re going to do what we can,” said Jason King, Darlington police chief.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact the Department of Justice - Divison of Criminal Investigation at 608-266-1671 or the Darlington Police Department at 608-776-4981.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation assisted with the search warrant.

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