9/2/2021- 5:01 p.m.

Justice For Them

Wisconsin – Paul C. Lawrence, 67, a former Stoughton City Council member was arrested Friday after investigators with the Division of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant on his home.

Lawrence was charged Tuesday with five counts of possessing child pornography.

While searching Lawrence’s bedroom, law enforcement found a closed laptop with sound coming from it. When investigators opened it, the laptop was playing a video of two teenagers having sex.

According to Lawrence’s LinkedIn account, he was an alderman for nearly two decades. He served as council president from 1999-2002 and again from 2015-2016.

When an investigator asked Lawrence if anything came to mind regarding suspicious internet activity, Lawrence reportedly told law enforcement he looks at porn online, some of which has been “close to the line,” adding that when he looked at it he’s gotten rid of it.

If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of three years in prison for each charge. The charges each carry a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Authorities said they began their investigation after getting a tip from Google in June that an account tied to Lawrence contained multiple files containing child porn.

By Joseph Franklin

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