Michael Gibney booking photo

Booking photo of Michael Gibney

 A $50,000 cash bond has been set for an Antigo man who faces a slew of felony charges, including child sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

Michael P. Gibney, 30, W10696 W. Fifth Ave., made an initial appearance in Langlade County Court on Friday afternoon.

Gibney faces 10 felony charges: Two counts of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, four counts of possession of child pornography, and one count each of sexual exploitation of a child, capturing an intimate representation without consent, possession of methamphetamine, and bail jumping. He is also charged with two misdemeanors, possessions of THC and drug paraphernalia. All 12 charges carry a repeat offender enhancement.

Gibney was ordered to a $50,000 cash bond with the conditions that he have no contact with the alleged child victim and not illegally use or possess controlled substances.

According to the criminal complaint, four members of the Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at Gibney’s town of Ackley residence on Wednesday at 3:14 p.m. At the location, they were met by the alleged victim, with Gibney arriving shortly thereafter. He initially turned over a container that held a glass pipe with a burnt substance in the bowl that yielded a positive test result for THC.

Gibney then opened a safe for officers, inside of which was a digital camera. Noting the search warrant included electronic devices, an officer activated the camera and observed an image of Gibney and the underage victim engaged in a sexual act.

Having observed an image consistent with child pornography, the officers stopped and applied for a separate search warrant for that offense. A complete review of the camera found four images of Gibney and the alleged victim engaged in sexual activity. Based on an interview with the victim, and background context from the photos, it was determined that the victim was 15 years old at the time the photos were taken.

The search of the residence also located a white straw with a substance inside that tested positive as meth.

Gibney had been free since Sept. 13, 2019 on a $3,000 cash bond for charges of maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of meth, neglecting a child, and possessions of THC, controlled substance, and drug paraphernalia. Gibney informed the court he would represent himself and entered not guilty pleas to those charges on Jan. 27.

The complaint in that case states that a search warrant was executed by multiple officers at Gibney’s residence on the morning of Sept. 10. That search discovered a glass pipe containing two substances, one of which tested positive as meth and the other as mephedrone, also known as bath salts. The search also found a jewel bag containing meth, multiple hypodermic needles, marijuana, a bent silver spoon, and a cut green pen.

Some of the narcotics contraband was found in a bedroom formerly occupied by a child, but appeared to have been taken over by a female who was also charged in the incident. The officers also observed that the living conditions were unhygenic, with raw sewage and dog feces covered in mold on the basement floor. Those conditions led to the residence being condemned at the time.

Following Wednesday’s arrest, the residence was again inspected by the health department, with health code violations noted.

Gibney was convicted of three counts of criminal damage to property as a party to a crime in January 2016. He is due back in court for an adjourned initial appearance on the new charges this afternoon.