Holmen man charged with 3 counts of possession of child porn

Investigators find more than 600,000 images of child porn on Corey Hershey's computer

A 38-year-old man from Holmen faces up to 25 years in prison after more than 600,000 images of child pornography was found on his computer.

Corey Hershey was charged in La Crosse County Court on Wednesday afternoon with three counts of possession of child pornography.

Hershey was arrested on Monday. The Coulee Region Children’s Internet Protection Task Force said the charges stemmed from an investigation that began in 2010 by authorities in Denmark. Dutch authorities took down several child pornography websites as part of their investigation and identified Hershey as being a “VIP Client” of child porn websites and paid more than $10,000 for an all access lifetime pass to these sites.

According to the criminal complaint, Hershey was also identified through Dutch investigation as having travelled to Denmark on at least two different occasions to participate in “modeling sessions” that were set up by the owners of the websites. Investigators also found custom-made videos in which the models would address Hershey.

The Coulee Region Children’s Internet Protection Task Force executed a search warrant and an investigator with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation and found more than 600,000 images of child pornography on Hershey’s computer at his house in Holmen.

Hershey admitted to investigators he had sexualized webcam sessions and he has looked at images of girls as young as ten-years-old. According to the complaint, Hershey also spent about $2,000 a month to buy used bras and panties that he was led to believe they were from young girls.

A La Crosse County judge set a $20,000 cash bond for Hershey. He is not allowed to use the Internet or have any contact with minors.

The Holmen, Shelby and Onalaska Police Departments assisted with the investigation and arrest, along with the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department, and the La Crosse Office of the FBI. The Wisconsin DOG Division of Criminal Investigation also assisted.

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