Garry Lyga Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child P*rn in Washburn Court

Friday, March 2, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


At a plea/sentencing hearing on March 1, 2018, in Washburn County Circuit Court, Spooner man Garry Lyga plead Guilty to 4 of his 10 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography.

Online circuit court records show that Lyga appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on March 1, 2018, with his defense attorney. The Court accepted Lyga’s Guilty pleas to 4 of the charges filed against him for Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography. 

The remaining 6 counts filed against him were dismissed but read-in. According to online circuit court records, all other uncharged files/images were also dismissed and read-in for consideration in Lyga’s sentence.

DrydenWire.com reported in April 2017 that charges were filed against Lyga after an investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) revealed that Lyga possessed images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. In August 2017, according to online circuit court records, Lyga was found competent to stand trial on his charges, and a jury trial was subsequently scheduled for March 2018.

The maximum sentence for Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography is 25 years confinement in state prison or a maximum fine of $100,000 or both, as well as a $500 surcharge for each image possessed (the total number of images to be determined by the court based on the evidence associated with the charges).

A sentencing hearing for Lyga has been scheduled for June 2018.


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3-Day Jury Trial Scheduled for Spooner Man Charged with Possessing Child P*rn

Monday, September 25, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A 3-day jury trial has been scheduled for a Spooner man charged with possession of child pornography.

Garry Lyga, of Spooner, WI, is charged with 10 counts of Class D Felony Possession of Child P*rnography in Washburn County Circuit Court after an investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation in which Google flagged more than 10 files uploaded by a Google User Account which was later identified as belonging to Lyga.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Lyga, these images were flagged because they were found to be images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Online circuit court records show that a scheduling conference was held on Lyga's case on September 22, 2017, and the case is now scheduled for a 3-day jury trial starting March 28, 2018. The Court previously found Lyga competent to stand trial at a hearing in August 2017.

The charges filed against Lyga state that he allegedly admitted to investigators that he has been seeking out images of child p*rnography since approximately 10 years ago and that his age preference is females aged between 8 and 14 years of age.

The investigation also revealed that some of the images had been shared from Lyga's devices to other parties and that Lyga also allegedly stated that he knew it was wrong for him to possess or share such images.

The maximum sentence for Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography is 25 years confinement in state prison or a maximum fine of $100,000 or both, as well as a $500 surcharge for each image possessed.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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Spooner Man Charged with Possession of Child P*rn Found Competent to Stand Trial

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A Spooner, WI man who is facing charges of Possession of Child Pornography has been found competent to stand trial.

Public record indicates that Garry Lyga, of Spooner, WI, appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court today, August 23, 2017. In June of 2017, Lyga's defense attorney requested a competency evaluation for Lyga.

Based on the findings of that competency evaluation, Lyga has been found substantially competent to go forward with a trial on his charges.

Lyga is facing 10 counts of Class D Felony Possession of Child Pornography following an investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation in which Google flagged more than 10 files uploaded by a Google User Account which was later identified as belonging to Lyga. According to the criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Lyga, these images were flagged because they were found to be images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Lyga allegedly told investigators that he knew it was illegal to possess or share images such as these. He also reportedly admitted to investigators that he had started looking at such images up to 10 years ago.


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Competency Evaluation Ordered for Spooner Man Charged with Possession of Child P*rn

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

The Court has ordered that a competency evaluation is to be completed for a Spooner man facing charges of possession of child pornography.

DrydenWire.com reported on April 12, 2017, that Garry Lyga of Spooner, WI has been charged with ten Counts of Possession of Child Pornography are filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against Garry Lyga. These charges are Class D Felony offenses with a maximum sentence on each count of 25 years confinement in state prison or a maximum fine of $100,000 or both, as well as a $500 surcharge for each image possessed.

Public record shows that on June 13, 2017, the Court ordered that competency evaluation be conducted on Lyga.

No due date for the competency evaluation is listed on public record. The complaint filed against Lyga states that a Special Agent for DCI received information early in March of 2017 that Google had flagged more than 10 files uploaded in January of 2017 by a Google user. These files were provided to DCI by Google because they were found to be images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The Google user account identified was reportedly linked to Lyga by investigators.

The criminal complaint also states that Lyga admitted to investigators that his age preference is females aged between 8 and 14 years of age and that he started looking at such images as much as 10 years ago. He also allegedly told investigators that he knew it was illegal to possess or share such images.


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Spooner Man Charged with Possession of Child P*rnography

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A man from Spooner, WI has been charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Possession of Child Pornography following an investigation by the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

According to the criminal complaint, a Special Agent for DCI received information early in March of 2017 that Google had flagged more than 10 files uploaded in January of 2017 by a Google user. These files were provided to DCI by Google because they were found to be images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The investigation by DCI revealed that the owner of the Google user account linked to these files was Garry Lyga. An account on the dating website Plenty of Fish was also found to be linked to the same Google user account. On this dating profile, Lyga identified himself as having recently moved to Spooner, WI. Further investigation by DCI into the IP address associated with these uploads led agents to an address in Spooner, WI where Lyga was residing.

A search warrant was executed at the residence on March 10, 2017, and the criminal complaint states that agents seized multiple items as evidence including a hard drive located in Garry Lyga's computer, an Amazon Kindle, a Polaroid Tablet, a cell phone, and multiple SD card/reader file storage devices.

When DCI agents conducted a forensic review of the hard drive seized from the residence, they located numerous contraband files containing images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The criminal complaint continues stating that during an interview of Lyga, he told DCI Special Agents that he moved to Spooner in December of 2015 from Minnesota. Lyga confirmed that he uses the dating site Plenty of Fish and that his username is Gklyga77. Lyga told investigators that he also has used the site KIK to talk with people and that other users would send him links to pornography. Lyga further confirmed to agents that he was the owner of the Google user account which had been flagged by Google and that he knew that account had been 'shut down' because he had been sharing images of “underage naked girls” with another person. He also told investigators that he had stored “a lot” of those images on the Polaroid tablet but that he deleted them after the Google account was shut down.

Lyga told agents that he knew it was illegal to have those kinds of images and also illegal to share them with anyone else. Lyga also said that his favorite age range is girls between 8 and 14 years of age because he finds them the most attractive. The criminal complaint states that Lyga said he started looking at these type of images about 10 years ago, and that the other individuals living in the residence with him had no idea he looked at those kind of images and that he knows he needs help.

Following the interview, Lyga was placed under arrest by the DCI Special Agents.



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