The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation was involved in the investigation that lead to a Grantsburg man being charged with eight felony counts surrounding an investigation in the production of child pornography.
Johnny L. Massey Jr., 33, Grantsburg, has been charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two felony counts of invasion of privacy with a surveillance device (victim under 18), two counts of post or publish a depiction of person without consent (victim under 18) and two counts of possession of child pornography.
All charges come with a repeater modification since Massey was convicted for possession of methamphetamine in Burnett County from 2012.
The criminal complaint alleges “Massey did place a hidden camera in a bathroom or the bathrooms of two separate residences in Burnett County Wisconsin. The camera was set up in order to secretly capture or create a video image of a child or children without clothes.” Authorities believe this was going on between May 1 and December 19, 2019.
According to the criminal complaint, Special Agent Theodore Indermuehle interviewed a woman who had knowledge of the investigation “into the production of child pornography.”
This woman was contacted by another person saying they found a cell phone with photos of the woman on it.
The woman said it was not her in the video but did recognize the people on the phone. This person alleged that Massey offered them a $10,000 ring in exchange for giving the phone back.
She told investigators the video that had been recorded from under the door and recorded someone in the shower.
The video allegedly showed a juvenile female using the shower and a juvenile male using the toilet.
Massey is currently being held on a $10,000 bond. His attorney argued to have it dropped down to $1,000 at his initial appearance earlier this month
Burnett County District Attorney James Rennicke argued against changing the bond amount and the Court decided to not modify his bond amount.
Online records show he is being housed in the Barron County Jail and is scheduled to have his preliminary hearing Jan. 22.