Two men charged with possessing child porn

BELLEVUE – Two men have been charged in connection with a months-long investigation into the alleged possession and distribution of child pornography.

Brown County sheriff’s officials say Darryl Ripkoski, 28, of Bellevue, and Jon M. Vangheem, 42, of De Pere, were arrested Tuesday after two separate, two-month-long undercover operations.

Both appeared in Brown County court Wednesday afternoon. Vangheem faces 11 counts; Ripkoski 10.

Ripkoski is due back in court Thursday. Vangheem is expected back in court later this month.

The sheriff’s office says the investigations are part of the office’s increased effort to combat the exploitation of children over the Internet. De Pere police, the Brown County Drug Task Force and agents from the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation also worked on the case.

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