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WATERFORD — A Waterford man charged earlier this week with possession of child pornography is now facing a sexual assault charge.

Gregory P. Frank, 67, of the 600 block of Heron Drive, was charged on Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with 16 felony counts of possession of child pornography. Each count carries a maximum sentence of a fine of up to $100,000 and/or 25 years in prison.

On Friday, Frank was also charged with an additional count of repeated sexual assault of a child, a felony. If convicted of that offense, Frank could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to the criminal complaint:

During the investigation into Frank possessing child pornography, a Racine County Sheriff’s Office investigator came across photos of a teenage acquaintance of Frank’s. The investigator thought one of the photos was inappropriate.

The investigator spoke with the child’s mother, who said the girl had accused Frank of touching her inappropriately in the past. The girl told investigators that Frank inappropriately touched her 10 times when she was in fourth and fifth grade and again when she was in eighth grade.

Child pornography charges

On Feb. 21, an investigator with Racine County’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executed a search warrant at Frank’s residence, while he was reportedly out of town. DVDs, thumb drives, memory cards, laptop and desktop computers, cellphones, digital cameras, tablets and a VHS videotape were recovered.

The investigator reported that hundreds of images of child pornography were located on two laptop computers and a tablet. The children in the images ranged in age from 3 to 18, with some adult pornography also found.

The investigator estimated that more than 500 images were located among the three devices. The complaint stated that the pictures were mixed in among family images.

Frank remained in custody at the Racine County Jail as of Friday afternoon, according to online records. He is due in circuit court on Monday afternoon for an initial appearance on the assault charge. He has a preliminary hearing on the pornography charges scheduled for Thursday morning.

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