Investigators say they were pursuing charges in several forgery cases when they discovered child pornography on a man's phone and computer.
Scott Szerlong, 42, is in custody on a $15,000 cash bond after investigators say they found 35 pornographic images on his phone and a computer he used. Szerlong was arrested after officers executed a search warrant at the Stevens Point hotel he was staying at last June.
According to court documents, some of the images were children as young as four-years-old.
According to the criminal complaint, search inquiries on the computer Szerlong was using indicate he was actively seeking child pornography.
Szerlong has an open felony case in Marathon County relating to forgery, receiving stolen goods, misdemeanor drug charges and one count of possession of child pornography.
Detectives from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at Szerlong's Wausau apartment in October 2012. Inside, they say they found a bag of papers they say were stolen during a burglary at B&D Equipment in Hatley on Sept. 22, 2012. In that case, deputies say two pick-up trucks, a motorhome and box truck were stolen; along with checks and vehicle titles. Szerlong was not charged with being a suspect in that case, only receiving the stolen property.
Deputies say the two stolen trucks were found at Memories Ballroom in Marathon just three days later. On September 26, 2012 the RV was found in Tomahawk and a day after that, the cube truck was found in Lincoln County.
Authorities believe the suspect in that case is Chrisitan Peterson. Peterson was killed in October 2012
after he was shot during standoff with police in Eau Claire. Investigator say inside Peterson's truck were more than 20 vehicle titles stolen from B&D Equipment.
Szerlong, along with Peterson is listed as one of the suspects in a check manufacturing scheme in 2012 in the Wausau area.
Szerlong will return to court in Portage County on July 21 for a clerical court appearance.
No future court dates have been set in in Marathon County case.
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