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UPDATE: State worker's bail $5,000 on child sexual exploitation charges


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Dane County court commissioner set a state worker's bail at $5,000, as the man was charged Friday with two felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

45 year-old Richard Desensi remains jailed.  Desensi works as an executive assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.  A DHS Spokesperson says Desensi was put on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, pending the results of an internal investigation.

Desensi's attorney says his client has worked at DHS for two years with an annual salary of $45,760.

Court documents state a national, cyber tip line report made a state agent aware of a blog's suspected child pornography with an email address connected to Desensi.

Authorities say Desensi's Mount Horeb home was searched by investigators this week.

A prosecutor says while Desensi faces two criminal counts in connection with two images of a girl in a sexual encounter on Desensi's electronic devices, additional charges are expected to be filed against Desensi.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The Mount Horeb man arrested and charged with child sexploitation works for the Department of Health Services.

WKOW 27 News has learned Richard DeSensi was put on paid administrative leave Wednesday, pending an internal investigation.

Special agents with the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation, along with Mount Horeb Police, executed a search warrant Wednesday at DeSensi's home.

DeSensi, when asked if he knew why a search warrant was being executed, stated "probably because of questionable Tumblr activity", which he described as "borderline child pornography".

DeSensi was charged Friday and expected to be in court in the afternoon.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Special agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with the assistance from the Mount Horeb Police Department, executed a search warrant at the home of Richard Desensi Wednesday.

DCI special agents received a CyberTipline Report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children suggesting the presence of suspected child pornography with a Tumblr account.  
According to the criminal complaint, Desensi told DCI special agents his primary use of Tumblr and Flickr is to view and exchange pornography.  
When DCI agents asked if Desensi knew why the search warrant was being executed, he stated "probably because of questionable Tumblr activity".  Desensi then clarified it as "borderline child pornography".
Friday, Desensi was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, which is a felony.  Desensi is due in court Friday afternoon.    
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