Friday, July 31, 2009

David Smith Arrested for Possession of Child Porn

An employee at a state facility for people with developmental disabilities in Madison has been placed on leave after his arrest Friday for possession of child pornography, police and state officials said.

David E. Smith, 53, of Waunakee is being held in Dane County Jail.

Smith is employed as a therapy assistant at Central Wisconsin Center, where he worked with adults, said Stephanie Smiley, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Smiley said it did not appear that Smith was involved in illegal activity at work, but an investigation is ongoing. Smith is continuing to receive his $38,600 annual salary while on leave, Smiley said.

Waunakee Police Chief Kevin Plendl said “hundreds” of images depicting child pornography were found in Smith’s possession during a search of his home at about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

A computer and camera taken from Smith’s home are being analyzed, Plendl said. Plendl said police obtained a search warrant after receiving information Thursday night that Smith had child pornography at his residence.

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