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Lake Geneva man indicted in federal court

by Rob Ireland

March 29, 2012

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging a 31-year-old Lake Geneva man with possessing child pornography.

Donald J. Vanderbloomen has been charged with receiving child pornography and being in possession of it. If convicted of both charges, he faces a possible sentence of life in prison.

According to an FBI press release, count one alleges that in approximately April 2007, Vanderbloomen received on his computer images and movies constituting child pornography. The second count alleges that Vanderbloomen possessed child pornography.

On March 29, Vanderbloomen pleaded not guilty to the two charges. He has a trial date set for June 7.

Federal court records indicate that the images and films were of children who appeared to be under 12 years of age. One of the videos apparently featured a girl who appeared to be under the age of 2.

The case was the result of an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Milwaukee. In Washington County, Vanderbloomen was charged with 80 counts of possessing child pornography. However, those charges were dismissed without prejudice after the federal charges were filed.

According to federal court documents that were filed after Vanderbloomen's arraignment, the government didn't ask that Vanderbloomen be taken into custody.

"The discovery consists of approximately 812,000 files of child pornography. When a search warrant was executed, supplies for making explosives were found," according to federal court documents.