The final pretrial for Jacob D. Tisue, a McFarland resident who was arrested on 12 felony counts of child pornography, is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Tisue appeared in court and waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Oct. 29. The court entered a not guilty plea and his bail was continued.

At the time of his arrest, he was the executive director of Madison School and Community Recreation to provide educational and activity-based children’s programs.

On July 22, McFarland Police Department Detective Michael Klementz received an email from the Internet Crimes Against Children data system that assigned a cyber tip from the National Center for Mission and Exploited Children regarding child pornography. The tips provided the incident dates of July 12 and July 20 when files containing suspected child pornography were uploaded to a Yahoo! email account belonging to Tisue, according to a criminal complaint.

Klementz reviewed the contents of 60 emails, 43 of which “contained images of child pornography and/or child erotica,” the complaint said.

Reviews of the emails found 12 distinct images of child pornography defined by Wisconsin statute.

“In addition to child pornography, there were 48 other distinct images of child erotica,” the complaint said.

Officers first made contact with Tisue on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Madison School and Community Recreation main office building.

When asked what kinds of images were on his email account, Tisue said officers “’unfortunately’ found ‘pictures of young girls.’”

He explained that he began viewing images of “young women in bikinis,” which later escalated to child pornography over the course of a year. He said he recently started viewing images of naked images of girls.

Tisue found images on Tumblr and “part of the reason for him viewing images of the juveniles was due to its prevalence on Tumblr.”

Klementz asked Tisue about the photo of a young girl in one email taken at a McFarland restaurant.

Tisue responded, “I mighta taken it.” He thought the girl was 10 years old, the same age as the girls in other files.

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