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Former police chief and sheriff candidate pleads guilty to child pornography charges

Posted at 5:07 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 18:17:43-04

A former police chief who once ran for Outagamie County Sheriff has now pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 50-year-old Alexander Bebris entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a charge of distributing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney says in September of 2018, Facebook notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that one of its users had sent images of child pornography via its messenger system to another Facebook user account. An investigation revealed the images were sent from an IP address in use at Bebris’s residence in Neenah.

Through use of a search warrant, the U.S. Attorney says investigators found child pornography on Bebris’ computer. A news release from the attorney's office says examination of the hard drive on Bebris’ computer revealed images of pornography involving children from about one to fifteen years old.

Bebris spent his career in law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney says, most recently as Public Safety Chief in Oakwood, Ohio. In 2018, he ran unsuccessfully for the position of Outagamie County Sheriff.

Bebris faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years of incarceration in federal prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.