Charges of Exposing Child To Harmful Materials Filed Against Hayward Man

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

Criminal charges have been filed against a Hayward, WI man after an investigation revealed that he allegedly sent explicit photographs to a child in another state.

A criminal complaint has been filed against Daniel Dutcher, of Hayward, WI, after the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Allegheny Police Department from Pennsylvania regarding a report that explicit photographs had been sent by Dutcher to a child in Pennsylvania.

In January 2018, the Allegheny Police Department advised the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office that a phone number identified as belonging to Daniel Dutcher had been used in October of 2017 to communicate with a 12-year-old female child in Pennsylvania, including sending at least one photograph of male genitalia.

The forensic investigation by the Allegheny Police Department led to the identification of Dutcher as the owner of two different phone numbers utilized to communicate with the child.

According to the criminal complaint, Sawyer County detectives interviewed Dutcher, who allegedly admitted that he was the one who sent the photograph of genitalia. Dutcher allegedly stated that he initially believed the female to be over the age of 18, however, according to law enforcement, the content of the messages exchanged indicated that he did know the female was under the age of 18.

Dutcher is charged with Class I Felony Expose Child to Harmful Material. Online circuit court records show that Dutcher was placed on a $500 cash bail bond on January 29, 2018, with conditions that he has no contact with any minor, other than biological children. Dutcher is also prohibited from using the internet, or social media as a condition of his bail bond. The Court will schedule a future court date for Dutcher according to online circuit court records.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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