A Spooner man, a former pastor and teacher, has been arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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Jeffrey Vesta

The DOJ said Jeffrey A. Vesta was arrested at his residence in Spooner on Tuesday, June 4, while conducting a search warrant.

Vesta was booked in the Washburn County Jail on June 4 and attended a bail hearing on Wednesday, June 5, in Washburn County. Vesta was released on a signature bond, the DOJ said.

An initial appearance will be held Monday, June 17, at 10:00 a.m. at the Washburn County Courthouse. As in any criminal proceeding, Vesta is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

If you or anyone you know may have any information to assist in this investigation, please call the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office at 715-468-4700.

This investigation is being led by the ICAC Task Force at DOJ and is assisted by Spooner Police Department and the Washburn County Sheriff’s Office.