Federal child pornography case against businessman Lawrence to continue
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – On Wednesday morning, a preliminary hearing was held in federal court for Michael Cannell.
Cannell faces four charges of producing child pornography after authorities said he allegedly recorded a 16 year old girl in a bathroom in his home in the town of Lawrence.
“The recording device was positioned, was directly over the sink, and Minor Female One was in front of the sink, looking at herself in the mirror, removing makeup throughout some of these videos, and was looking away. inside, I would say, I would estimate three feet or less, depending on how she turned, the angle she turned, the direction she turned to do what she had to do in the bathroom, ”Sgt. Tracy Holschbach of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office said when testifying on Zoom.
This underage woman was reportedly brought to Cannell’s house by his girlfriend.
“She’s a very close friend and an auntie type figure for Minor Female One,” Sgt. said Holschbach.
Cannell and the woman have reportedly discussed the minor in texts dating back to March.
“Did you find any text messages that you feel are relevant in terms of the accused’s intention with respect to Minor Female One?” Federal Attorney William Roach asked Sgt. Holschbach.
She replied, “They were sometimes sexually suggestive and egregious, yes.”
Cut to August 6, investigators say a video of Cannell installing the secret camera in his bathroom was found on his cell phone.
“I have Mr. Cannell in a self-produced video in the same bathroom of himself panning and what appears to be him adjusting the camera, and only he was in that video,” he said. said the sergeant. Holschbach reported. “I think it’s a six second video.”
Authorities searched Cannell’s home and said they found eight recording devices in all, including a cell phone charging pad.
“We have recovered smoke detectors and we have also recovered photo frames containing recording devices and alarm clocks which are secret recording devices,” said Sgt. said Holschbach.
They say they don’t know what device was used to record the 16-year-old in the bathroom on August 8, but all of the videos were found in an app on Cannell’s phone.
“Without this app, we don’t know if these four videos would have even existed. Is this a fair statement? Roach asked Sgt. Holschbach.
She replied, “That’s right. “
The Cannell investigation reportedly began in April 2021.
Federal prosecutors have told Local 5 they are investigating Cannell in a child pornography file sharing case.
While investigating the case, they discovered the videos he allegedly created of the 16-year-old girl in his house.
Prosecutors are no longer pursuing the original case in which Cannell was under investigation.
The federal judge overseeing the case has found a probable cause, which means the case will continue.