PART-TIME GRAND CHUTE POLICE CSO CHARGED WITH 10 COUNTS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
February 19, 2020
APPLETON, Wis. (WLUK) -- Casey Welk, a part-time Grand Chute police community service officer, was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of possession of child pornography.
Welk faces up to 250 years in prison 25 each for the ten felonies he faces.
According to the criminal complaint, an online tip claimed the child porn images were posted to Instagram. Outagamie County sheriff's officials tracked the account to Welk's address. The Outagamie County Sheriff's Office says the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children steered them towards Welk.
After tracing his IP address deputies found Welk allegedly shared and received child pornography through Instagram.
Julie Duquaine, Outagamie County District Attorney says, "He held himself out as someone in a position of authority who the public should be able to look to and trust."
Court documents say Welk had at least five child pornography images on both his phone and laptop.
During an interview, Welk allegedly admitted sharing and requesting child porn over Instagram.
According to the complaint, Welk told deputies "he had a 'pleasing nature' and wanted to 'please and help others.'" He also said he had trouble with pornography, which progressed from adult to child porn, which he called "pathetic." He said it was a relief to be caught.
Welk allegedly told officer he had trouble with pornography, and his viewing progressed from adult porn to child porn. He also called his trouble with porn "pathetic" saying he was relieved to get caught.
A search turned up five images of child porn on his phone and five more on his laptop computer.
In court Wednesday, a court commissioner set a $10,000 bond for Welk. If he posts bond, he would not be allowed to use a computer, except for purposes of his studies at Fox Valley Technical College, and would not be allowed any unsupervised contact with minors.
FOX 11 reached out to the Grand Chute Police Department but have not yet heard back at the time of this writing.
It's unknown if Welk is still employed there as a community service officer.
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