SAWYER COUNTY -- A criminal complaint has been filed against Anthony Hollen, of Hayward, WI, charging him with possession of child pornography after a forensic exam of digital storage devices found in his possession allegedly revealed pornographic images of infants and young children.
On October 10, 2020, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call of 2 men fighting in the Township of Hayward. Authorities heard someone in the woods behind a residence and located Hollen. During the course of investigating the incident, authorities located a micro SD card, a thumb drive, and a cell phone on Hollen’s person.
Hollen is on extended supervision for a 2012 conviction of Possession of Child Pornography, according to online circuit court records, and the complaint states that authorities contacted his Probation Agent to advise of the situation. The Agent requested that the items found to be turned over to them.
On October 19, 2020, the Sheriff’s Department was advised by the Probation Agent that a digital forensic examiner with the WI Dept. of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation was conducting a forensic exam of the items found and that a “massive amount” of child pornography had been located. The Probation Agent provided to the Sheriff’s Department a copy of Hollen’s Rules of Supervision, signed by Hollen in January 2020, which stated specifically that "Make yourself available for searches including but not limited to residence, property, computer, cell phone or other electronic devices under your control.”
The criminal complaint filed against Hollen identifies 5 videos and 5 photographs found during the forensic exam of Hollen’s devices. The complaint states that the videos and photographs were found to contain graphic pornographic content of infants and other children who had yet not reached puberty being subjected to sexual activity.
Online circuit court records show that Hollen appeared by video in Sawyer County Circuit Court on November 24, 2020, while in custody. The Hon. John Yackel placed Hollen on a $50,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear again in December 2020.
The Wisconsin Sex Offender Registry indicates that Hollen is required to register for life as a sex offender.
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.