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Superior man faces charges for possession of child pornography

More than 300 suspect images were reportedly found on his cell phone.

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Douglas County Circuit Court, Superior, Wisconsin.
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SUPERIOR — A Superior man accused of possession of child pornography waived his preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court Sept. 14.

Bryan David Reneau, 42, faces two felony counts of possession of child pornography. Reneau posted a $10,000 cash bond following his initial appearance Sept. 7. He was ordered to have no contact with minors, no use of the internet by cell phone and no storage of images on a cell phone.

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Bryan David Reneau
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While investigating a report made by Reneau about a different matter, Superior Police Det. Russ Milroy was given consent to search the Superior man’s cell phone. During the search, Milroy reportedly discovered an image of a child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

After executing a search warrant at Reneau’s home in Superior, his phone was analyzed and several images of clearly identifiable child sexual abuse material was found, according to the criminal complaint. Ten of the videos on Reneau’s phone were positively identified through the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children as known images of child sexual abuse. Of them, two were reportedly downloaded while Reneau was at work in Duluth, the criminal complaint said.

In addition to the 10 confirmed images of child pornography, Reneau’s device allegedly contained more than 300 images of suspected child sexual abuse material, which remained under investigation when the criminal complaint was filed.

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If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 25 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000. Reneau’s next court appearance was set for Dec. 5.

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Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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