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Child pornography charges filed against two Rusk Co. men

Rusk County (WQOW) — A pair of Rusk County men have been officially charged with multiple counts of child pornography possession.

Dennis Berthold, 64, and David M. Johnson, 48, were charged in Rusk County court on August 16.

In both cases, law enforcement was tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

A special agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice – Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) made contact with Berthold at his home in Ladysmith in July. According to the criminal complaint, Berthold admitted to police that he has viewed child pornography for some time. He added that he did not know how to stop or where he could get help.

A DCI agent also interviewed Johnson at his home int he Town of Hubbard in July. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson initially denied possessing or viewing child pornography. He claimed his ex-wife’s husband planted evidence to make him look bad. However, he later told law enforcement he searched out and viewed child porn.

Each man faces ten counts of child pornography possession. They each return to court August 27.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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