SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Edward Precht, of Hayward, WI, for possession of child pornography.

Charges were filed against Precht in June 2021 following an investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) into a cyber tip regarding possible images of unclothed prepubescent females in revealing poses and/or being subjected to sexual activity. The investigation led Investigators to Precht, a search warrant was executed.

When interviewed by Investigators, Precht stated that they would likely find images of child pornography on three different electronic devices in his possession and that he finds child pornography on the internet by putting in specific search terms. Precht also stated that he had been looking at child pornography for about a year and that he usually looked at images of girls aged 10 years to 20 years. A search of Precht’s devices revealed at least 3 images of child pornography.

Precht was charged with 3 counts of Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography. Online circuit court records show that Precht appeared most recently for a sentencing hearing on April 20, 2022.

The Hon. John Yackel heard sentencing recommendations from Precht’s defense attorney and the Sawyer County District Attorney. Precht previously entered a plea of guilty to one count of Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography at a hearing on March 1, 2022. The remaining counts were dismissed but read in.

Judge Yackel ordered a 6-year prison sentence for Precht, with 3 years of initial confinement in state prison that will be followed by 3 years of extended supervision. Precht received credit for 303 days already served.

Conditions of supervision will require Precht to comply with the Wisconsin Sex Offender registry, and any and all treatment recommendations as determined by a Department of Corrections agent. Precht will be prohibited from having any contact with minors unless approved by an agent and with an adult sober chaperone. Precht will be required to reside in an approved verifiable residence.

Precht will also be prohibited from accessing social media, or the internet, unless for employment purposes and with prior agent approval.

Precht is also ordered to pay over $2,000 in fees, court costs, and surcharges.

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