JEFFERSON -- A former Watertown man now living in Downers Grove, Illinois, whose history of involvement with possession of child pornography dates to at least 2008 here, was ordered Thursday by Jefferson County Judge Ben Brantmeier to serve multiple years in the Wisconsin State Prison System for his offenses.
Michael Ionetz was facing his latest charges for offenses that occurred in 2014.
According to a criminal complaint in the matter, special agent Amy Lehmann of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation informed Jefferson County prosecutors that on May 14, 2014, between 5:31 and 5:38 p.m. DCI special agent Jesse Crowe downloaded three files from a computer allegedly operated by Ionetz. Each file allegedly contained video of a young girl involved in sexually explicit activity.
Lehmann and other special agents from DCI executed a search warrant at Ionetz's Watertown apartment on Sept. 10, 2014, and seized, in addition to other items, two external computer hard drives. Both hard drives were examined by digital forensic examiner Bao Vue. The analysis identified 3,083 graphics on the hard drives, including some graphics depicting young girls engaged in what the complaint called "child erotica." Lehman reported 14 images were of extremely graphic child sexual conduct.
The complaint stated that during an interview conducted Sept. 10, 2014, Ionetz told Lehmann he had one desktop computer at his residence. He said he could not recall anyone else ever using that computer.
DCI investigators noted at the end of the charging document that Ionetz had been convicted of five counts of computer-related crimes in October of 2010 in Jefferson County.
As it stands, Ionetz's 17 years imprisonment on the first count of possession of child pornography breaks down to seven years of initial confinement and 10 years on extended supervision. On count two of possession of child pornography, he was ordered to seven years imprisonment, consisting of three years initial confinement and four years extended supervision, consecutive to the sentence on count one. On counts 3-14, the court ordered Ionetz to 10 years imprisonment, consisting of three years initial confinement and seven years extended supervision, concurrent to the sentences in the first two counts.
Ionetz, charged as a repeat offender, is to register as a sex offender and was required to pay a $500 surcharge on each of the 14 counts, totaling $7,000.