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Hudson Star Observer
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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A 46-year-old town of River Falls man has been charged with four counts of possession of child pornography after investigators obtained a search warrant and reviewed files on his laptop computer.

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Allan D. Dau, N8424 900th St., Apt. A, was charged Oct. 14 in Pierce County Court with four felony counts.

He was released on $15,000 cash bond, and a preliminary hearing is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 21

Dau, a divorced father of two teens and formerly of Hudson, told an investigator he volunteers with a horseback riding program for disabled children on the property adjacent to his apartment. He has also volunteered in the past as a softball and hockey coach for children's athletic teams.

According to the criminal complaint, an agent of the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation posed as a Hudson man and chatted with Dau online.

Pierce County Judge Joseph Boles subsequently issued a search warrant.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, DCI agents and Pierce County Sheriff's Department deputies and investigators went to Dau's apartment while he was at work and began searching for evidence.

Shortly after the search began, Special Agent Jonathan Meyer tried to reach Dau at his job in Roseville, Minn., and left a voice mail message on his cell phone.

About half an hour later, Dau returned the call, came home about 1 1/2 hours after the search began and was interviewed.

During the course of the search, a DCI computer analyst conducted an onsite review of Dau's laptop, allegedly locating 69 images that "portrayed sexually explicit images of children."

Four of the jpeg images, including three of the same adolescent girl and one of a younger child, were used as the basis for the criminal complaint.

According to the agent's description, the girls in the photos are scantily clothed and are posed in provocative positions.

During the interview, Dau allegedly said he didn't consider the photographs he had to be pornography because pornography is "engaging in sex."

Each of the four charges against Dau carries a maximum prison term of 25 years and maximum fine of $100,000.

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Judy Wiff
Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.
(715) 426-1049
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