Lake Geneva man faces new child porn charges after other charges dismissed

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Jonah Beleckis
Thursday, December 14, 2017

ELKHORN—After the case of child sexual exploitation against a Lake Geneva man was dismissed this week, the Walworth County District Attorney's Office filed different charges against the man Wednesday.

Walworth County Judge Phil Koss on Monday ruled a criminal complaint charging Carlin C. Pillman, 33, of N1445 120 South, with sexual exploitation of a child and child enticement was insufficient, court records show.

Prosecutors had filed those charges on the eve of Pillman's October jury trial for a 2014 case of child porn possession. A state Division of Criminal Investigations agent had spoken to a women, who said as a teenager she sent Pillman nude and semi-nude pictures of herself, according to the criminal complaint.

The district attorney's office agreed Monday to dismiss the previous complaint and Wednesday filed new charges of exposing intimate parts and five counts of possessing child porn stemming from the same accusations.

Pillman had his initial appearance on the new charges Thursday morning. Koss agreed to keep the same bond conditions Pillman previously had, except he cannot have contact with minors who are not his children.

Pillman's 2014 case—in which he faces three counts of possessing child porn—is still active. He pleaded not guilty to these charges Nov. 13, 2014, court records show.

Investigators on Sept. 18, 2014, executed a search warrant at Pillman's home and reported finding child porn on his laptop, according to the criminal complaint from the 2014 case.

When executing that warrant, investigators reported finding photos of a young girl on Pillman's phone, according to the new complaint. On the day of his Sept. 29, 2017, final pretrial hearing in the 2014 case, a state agent spoke with a woman who identified herself as the teenager from the photos found on Pillman's phone.

Pillman's attorney, Jerome Buting, on Nov. 9 filed a motion to dismiss the charges, saying the complaint did not show Pillman persuaded the teen to engage in “sexually explicit conduct." That is part of what must be proved for a conviction of sexual exploitation of a child.

The motion also argued, “None of the photos describe anything more than mere nudity.”

The girl was naked in some of the photos found on Pillman's phone, and for those photos he is now charged with possessing child porn, according to the complaint.

The motion to dismiss also argued the child enticement charge should be dropped because the complaint lacked probable cause that Pillman “caused the child to go into a room” as described in statute.

Assistant District Attorney Haley Johnson argued in her response that Pillman had requested the teen send photos and tried to have sex with her.

Koss ruled the complaint was insufficient.

Pillman is next due in court at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, for a preliminary hearing.

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