By Lisa Pett
A Stevens Point man was arrested following a Dept. of Justice investigation into Internet pornography involving toddler and prepubescent females.
Morgan Howe, 28, faces ten counts of possession of child pornography after state investigators discovered he downloaded 90 files containing sexually explicit material containing young girls. After confirming the IP address through Charter Communications, investigators conducted a brief surveillance of Howe’s Soo Marie Ave. home prior to conducting their search of the residence. Howe was then arrested on June 15.
According to the criminal complaint, Howe’s files contained still photos featuring prepubescent females and toddlers.
DOJ investigators conducted an on-scene preview of a computer hard drive and located six images consistent with child pornography. In an interview with a DCI agent, Howe admitted to having an addiction to pornography and to using the peer-to-peer file sharing program U-Torrent to download images of children.
Howe was arrested and later charged with four counts of possession of child pornography occurring on March 3, 2015 and six counts occurring on June 15, 2015. The maximum punishment for each count is 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
He is currently being held in the Portage County Jail on an $8000 cash bond and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on July 6.