Google trick leads to multiple charges for Wausau-area man

By Shereen Siewert

A tip from Google about sexually explicit photos allegedly stored on its servers has led to 11 felony charges against a Wausau-area man after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

James Siddons, 54, of Schofield, faces 11 counts of possession of child pornography in a case filed April 5 in Marathon County Circuit Court.

The material was reported Oct. 15 to local officials, who traced the photos and videos to Siddons’ account, according to court documents. Wisconsin Department of Justice officials sent local investigators four video files, which were then secured as evidence at the Everest Metro Police Department. The files sent included a video of a toddler being sexually assaulted by an adult, according to court documents.

Police obtained a warrant on December 9 to search the Google Files for additional material allegedly stored by Siddons, then searched his home on April 4, the day of his arrest. Charges were filed a day later.

In an initial appearance on April 5, Circuit Judge Scott Corbett set $25,000 cash bond for Siddons, who remains behind bars on April 11. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Thursday.

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