Douglas Nyren was sentenced to five years in state prison following a guilty plea to second degree sexual assault of a child in 2007. He had to register as a sex offender and is now facing child pornography allegations.
Nyren, 39, Siren, was arrested by Burnett County Sheriff’s Officers on Feb. 9 at his work, Radio Shack in Siren, according to police reports. He has been charged with five felony D counts of possession of child pornography.
According to the criminal complaint, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) reviewed reports and evidence of regarding a flash drive belonging to Nyren.
Special Agent (SA) Wade Beardsley and Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) Anthony Stofferahn examined a flash drive with possible child pornography. Stofferahn examined 42 items, of those 11 were allegedly pictures on a 500-gigabyte hard drive and another file of possible child pornography on a separate 320-gigabyte flash drive.
SA Beardsley described five items as meeting the statutory definition for child pornography.
The complaint describes the five images as containing male and female children with exposed genitals.
Burnett County sheriff deputies went to Radio Shack to speak with Nyren on Feb. 9. Nyren told deputies that the case was supposed to have wrapped up in November.
Online records show in November Nyren pleaded guilty to one felony count of sex offender failing to update information. The Wisconsin statute says a registered sex offender has ten days to update their information.
On Feb. 9 deputies called SA Beardsley to tell him what Nyren had said about his case and getting his stuff back.
SA Beardsley told the deputies he was not informed of the case being closed and returned Nyren’s electronic devices. Beardsley continued to explain that Nyren was being charged with new counts of possession of child pornography.
Nyren was then transferred to Burnett County Jail. Deputies spoke to the District Attorney’s (DA) office about the case. DA Jim Rennicke was not in the office but someone in the DA’s office told deputies that Nryen should be brought in.
According to online court records, Nyren posted his $5,000 cash bond Feb. 10, the day after he was arrested.
While out on bond he must follow a number of rules including:
• No contact allowed with anyone under the age of 18, unless residing in his house.
• No use of any device that has internet capability without direct eye-sight supervision by employer or mother.
• No use or possession of any smart phone.
• Comply with Probation and Sex Offender Registry.
• No use of email or social media sites/apps
• May not have any smart phone, computer, or other device that has internet capability in the same household or residence unless it is password protected and the password is not shared or known by the defendant.
• Nyren has an 8 p.m. curfew unless working, then 10 p.m.
Nyren is scheduled for his initial appearance on March 24 in front of Judge Melissia Mogen. The case is being prosecuted by Burnett County DA Rennicke.
If convicted, Nyren faces 25 years in prison and a possible $100,000 fine for each of the five felony counts.