Police say a Janesville man facing child porn charges kept thousands of images and hundreds of videos, some of them featuring local boys.
"He not only befriended the children, but he also spent significant time in befriending the parents," Janesville Police Det. Dennis LeCaptain says.
Janesville Police say parents concerned about the safety of their children keep calling about a local man.
The Janesville man faces several charges for possession of child pornography and one count of repeated sexual assault of a child.
Police say the children depicted, range in age from 4-years-old to 17-years-old, most of them males. Investigators say the suspect got to them through gifts, subtle threats and making friends with their parents.
"Things he kept around, displayed, [were] just kind of a reminder; ‘I'm the adult, smarter than you; people will believe me not you, 'cause you're just a kid’," LeCaptain says.
Police need your help in locating 27-year-old Jeremy Schade. They've already knocked on doors where Schade, a delivery driver for a local business, used to live.
"To say, he lived here in the neighborhood, do you recognize him? If your kids recognize him, would you please give me a call," LeCaptain says.
Police searched Schade's home in the Hampshire neighborhood of Janesville, seizing computer equipment, DVD's, CD's and VHS tapes.
In a criminal complaint against Schade, police describe a videotape featuring Schade involved in sex acts with two teenaged boys.
However, police say the video is one of hundreds. Plus, more than 5000 still images, which police believe Schade backed up.
"Is it the same picture? Yes. But does it double the count? Yeah. So, probably not a smart idea, but he wanted to make sure he didn't lose his collection," LeCaptain says.
It was a collection uncovered by police after they began investigating Schade for repeated sexual assault of a child.
Another complaint against him says Schade assaulted a 13-year-old boy who used to visit the suspect's home to play poker and Xbox back in the summer of 2002.
"He was able to groom them to where they wouldn't tell anyone and they hadn't for a long time," LeCaptain says.
Police have identified eight children, all but one of them are local. The detective says that's what makes this investigation unlike any other. "These, with the videos, where they're actually being assaulted, that actually puts a child here, lived here, that I interview at a later time. So that's no doubt made this case exceptional compared to others."
The state Department of Criminal Investigation is helping Janesville Police due to the volume of evidence.
Police say Schade could face more charges. He's due back in court on December 13th. A call to his attorney has not yet been returned.