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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Grand Jury Returns Three Indictments

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

WESTBY MAN CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Michael Eales, 23, Westby, Wis., is charged with four counts of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of the conduct.  The indictment alleges that he did so on March 30, April 13, April 24, and May 2, 2013.

If convicted, Eales faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH PHARMACY ROBBERIES

Jesse R. Kirk, 34, Madison, Wis., is charged with robbing three pharmacies in Madison.  The indictment alleges that he committed the following robberies:

  1. April 13, 2013 – Walgreens – 3710 East Washington Avenue
  2. April 15, 2013 – Walgreens – 4518 Cottage Grove Road
  3. April 23, 2013 – Shopko – 2201 Zeier Road

The indictment alleges that Kirk stole controlled substances worth more than $500 during each robbery.  The indictment alleges that the controlled substances included Oxycontin, fentanyl, alprazolam, and Adderall. 

If convicted, Kirk faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.

STOUGHTON MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

Weston Hoare-Baltes, 20, Stoughton, Wis., is charged with possessing firearms while facing felony charges in Dane County Circuit Court and Rock County Circuit Court.  The indictment alleges that on May 5, 2013, he received a Remington rifle, an AK-47 rifle, and an AR-15 .223 caliber rifle.  Federal law prohibits an individual facing felony charges from receiving a firearm.

If convicted, Hoare-Baltes faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Stoughton Police Department, Dane County Sheriff’s Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow. 

Updated July 14, 2015