Sex offender in Madison argues pictures found in his possession were not illegal

The Fourth of District Court of Appeals in Madison, Wisconsin has ruled that a sex offender cannot be faulted for keeping photographs of children that can be easily and legally accessed by the public.

Albert Chagnon was charged last year with 23 counts of intentionally photographing a minor without consent. He was about to be released from prison when a jail guard found a notebook inside his pants that contained photographs of fully-clothed girls that were cut out of magazines and newspapers.

In his defense, Chagnon said he wasn’t the one who took the photographs, nor were the young girls in the photographs nude or inappropriate.

The appeals court sided with Chagnon, noting that there is nothing in Wisconsin law prohibits Chagnon’s actions.

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