Eight months after authorities seized electronic evidence from both his home and employer, Former Frederic Library Director, 33-year-old Eric Green, has been officially charged with fifteen counts of possession of child pornography—and terminated from his position.
Green was placed on paid administrative leave after the investigation began in November, and was officially terminated on July 31, 2017— three days after charges filed by the Polk County District Attorney. Green had been employed by the Frederic Library since March 21, 2016.
The investigation began as file sharing activity in Waukesha originally led investigators to Green in Polk County.
A seven a.m. search warrant was served at Green’s home on November 15. Police forced entry into the residence only to find Green, who lives alone, standing in his kitchen.
During questioning Green indicated that the only pornography he would have searched for would have been legal pornography, and denied any involvement in possession of child pornography.
Green went on to express concern over how long things would take, saying that he needed to drop off budget information that was due at the library, which would only take ten minutes. His behavior prompted an additional search warrant of electronics at the Frederic Public Library, where a hard drive was also seized for evaluation.
Because of search terms found on Green’s personal hard drive, all evidence was submitted to the state crime lab for a complete digital forensic review.
The analysis of that review didn’t get to Polk County investigators until June 29, 2017, according to the complaint. Meanwhile, Green remained on paid leave.
Included in the complaint was information that Green had installed a digital ‘shredding’ program on his computer that would render digital files unreadable, as well as a specialized router than enabled anonymous communication over the internet.
The cell phones reportedly contained search terms related to child pornography, as well as several visits to pre-teen image sites.
The hard drive seized from the library did not contain anything of evidentiary value, according to the complaint.
However, state officials did forensically recover 38 images of suspected child pornography from Green’s personal hard drive.
Thirty-five of the thirty-eight images were immediately sent to be analyzed by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the results of which were received by Polk County investigators on July 13. And of them, 15 images were verified as real child victims.
Green was charged with 15 counts of possession of child pornography on July 28.
He could receive as much as 45 years imprisonment and $1.5 million in fines if found guilty.
His initial appearance in Polk County Circuit Court is scheduled for September 5.