Judge extends plea deal deadline for Colfax man charged with possession of child pornography

MENOMONIE  —  A Dunn County judge has extended the deadline for plea deal negotiations for a 35-year-old Town of Colfax man charged with seven felony counts of possessing child pornography.

Chad H. Stewart appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court February 17 with his attorney, Charles S. Huff, before Judge James Peterson.

Judge Peterson extended the deadline for negotiations until February 24. 

A jury trial in the case is scheduled in March.

Stewart is accused of having child pornography images on his laptop computer.

According to the criminal complaint, Dunn County investigators were contacted by a Barron County detective in August of 2015. Barron County had received information from the national Center for Missing and Exploited Children of a nude child image that appeared to be a very young female that was uploaded to a website.

The Barron County detective served a subpoena to the IP holder, CenturyLink, and received information back that the IP address from which the child’s image had been uploaded belonged to a Dunn County residence at N7599 state Highway 40, Colfax.

Dunn County investigators learned that the IP address was registered to Chad Stewart.

Judge Peterson set bail for Stewart with a $1,000 signature bond in March of 2016.

The seven counts of possessing child pornography are Class D felonies and carry a penalty for each count of up to 25 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000.