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Trial date set in child porn case

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Mike DuPre'
October 1, 2008
— A trial date is set in the state’s child sexual assault and child pornography case against Jeremy C. Schade.

Schade already is sentenced to 220 years in prison on federal convictions of producing child pornography, but he is fighting state charges of repeated sexual assaults of children and possessing child pornography.


Rock County Judge Alan Bates on Tuesday scheduled four days—Jan. 20-23—to pick a jury and conduct the trial.


Whether Schade will continue his defense on the grounds that he is or was mentally ill is unknown.


His attorney, Josh Klaff of Janesville, told Bates he might file a motion requesting a third psychiatric evaluation. The second psychiatric evaluation diagnosed a mental defect, Klaff said, and a third evaluation might be warranted.


If he files the motion, Klaff said, it would be within a week.


Schade, formerly of Janesville, had been scheduled for a jury trial in April on six state charges of child sexual assault and 11 counts of possessing child pornography. But he changed his plea to not guilty by reason of mental illness, prompting the first court-ordered psychiatric evaluation.


After the report came in, Schade wanted a second opinion.


Schade pleaded guilty to eight federal charges of producing child porn 19 months ago. He was sentenced to 220 years in prison without parole.


Schade has been in custody at the Rock County Jail since April so he could be in Rock County Court for his state case.


He was serving his federal sentence in a prison in California. Schade reportedly had been kept isolated from other prisoners there for his own safety.


The evidence in both the federal and state cases is essentially the same. The pornography Schade admitted producing is videos of him repeatedly sexually assaulting boys.



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