A local U.S. Navy recruiter faces criminal charges after investigators discovered child pornography on his home computer Jan. 9, according to court records.

David Humphries, 35, of La Crosse was jailed on a $5,000 cash bond pending his followup appearance Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court. He faces multiple charges of possession of child pornography.

Onalaska police launched an investigation Jan. 2, when the parents of a 15-year-old Onalaska High School freshman contacted the principal, concerned about online contact the boy had with Humphries, who visited the school to recruit students to the Navy, according to police reports.

Investigators and a Navy lieutenant met with the student on Thursday. The student said he met Humphries at school, and Humphries began following his Twitter account before they became Facebook friends.

Investigators met with Humphries on Thursday and asked for consent to search his home computers, where they discovered “many, many” sexually graphic images of young males, according to the reports.

Humphries told police he isn’t “into that type of stuff” but that he “might have” searched the internet for prepubescent males “just to see what would pop up,” according to reports.

He moved to the La Crosse recruiting station in September and has been placed on administrative duty by his commander for contacting the student, according to reports.

Humphries told investigators he thought the Onalaska student seemed “pretty cool,” reports stated.

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Entertainment and county government reporter

Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

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