Riponite charged with 21 counts of child porn
Leo Eberhardt Jr.

A 52-year-old Ripon man is facing 21 counts of possession of child pornography.

Charges were handed down Feb. 1 in Fond du Lac County Court against Leo H. Eberhardt Jr., 602 Woodside Ave.

Authorities executed a search warrant last May at Eberhardt’s residence. They allegedly discovered 21 suspected videos on a laptop computer found in his bedroom.

The videos depict underage girls and boys engaging in lewd acts with adults, according to the report.

Eberhardt allegedly told authorities he had found the videos on the Internet because he was curious, although he denied being aroused by the content. The criminal complaint indicates he was caught following an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

He’s due in court for an initial appearance Tuesday, March 2. The 21 felony counts carry a maximum sentence of more than $2 million in fines and more than 500 years in prison.

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