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Prosecutor calls Superior child porn suspect a 'danger'

Bail has been set at $10,000 cash for a 47-year-old Superior man arrested for possessing child pornography. Timothy D. Urbanski is expected to be charged today. An initial hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Urbanski was arrested after members of ...

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Timothy D. Urbanski
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Bail has been set at $10,000 cash for a 47-year-old Superior man arrested for possessing child pornography.

Timothy D. Urbanski is expected to be charged today. An initial hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m.

Urbanski was arrested after members of the Lake Superior Forensic Technology & Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed two search warrants Tuesday.

District Attorney Dan Blank sought $100,000 cash bail in the case. Defense Attorney Leslie Dollen argued against the high bail because Urbanski had no other convictions.

"I believe that Mr. Urbanski is a substantial danger to the community," Blank said Thursday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

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Task force members launched the investigation after they were notified by the family of a 7-year-old girl that they had found what appeared to be child pornography on a phone given to the child in a public park Monday.

"He recently provided a cell phone to 7-year-old girl in his neighborhood and asked her to take pictures of herself and her friends," Blank said.

Task force members executed a search warrant on the cell phone confirming the presence of what appears to be child pornography.

"This 7-year-old girl, there's an image of her on the phone in the defendant's kitchen eating ice cream," Blank said.

A subsequent search warrant was executed at Urbanski's residence, 411 N. 14th St., near Bayview Courts, late Tuesday where additional evidence of suspected child pornography was seized, police said.

Urbanski was lodged in the Douglas County Jail about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on an initial charge of possession of child pornography.

Additional search warrants were executed Wednesday in connection with the investigation.

Nine computers, a variety of media storage devices, external hard drives and five additional cell phones were seized, Blank said. While there are no children living in the home, police found children's clothes that appeared to have evidence they'd been use in sex acts, he said.

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In addition to the possession charge, Blank said Urbanski also could face a distribution charge after police found evidence that child pornography had been transmitted by e-mail.

Though this investigation is still in the early stages, law enforcement has reason to believe that Urbanski routinely had contact with young children within the community, according to Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor.

Anyone with information or evidence is asked to call Sgt. Nick Alexander, task force commander, at (715) 395-7465. Anonymous tips can be sent through the Police Department's Tip411 program, by texting keyword SPDTIP with your tip to 847411, or by going to the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SuperiorPD , and clicking on the link "submit a tip."

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