A $1,500 cash bail was set Thursday for the woman accused of making pornographic videos at various Eau Claire businesses under the name Whitney Wisconsin and selling the videos to adult websites.
“She disputes these charges adamantly and is ready to fight this case,” Amy L. Lew’s attorney, Ryan Moertel of Eau Claire, said Thursday following her initial appearance on six misdemeanors: three counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and one count of defamation.
Lew, 20, was charged last fall after missing a court appearance in May 2015. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was recently extradited from Florida.
Eau Claire County assistant district attorney Ellen Anderson requested a cash bail because Lew “was fully aware of the warrant for her arrest.”
As conditions of bail, Lew cannot have contact with her co-defendant, witnesses or victims and cannot leave Eau Claire, Chippewa or Rusk counties.
Moertel argued for a signature bond because of Lew’s family ties in Ladysmith.
“Ladysmith is where she grew up. She was home-schooled there,” he said.
Moertel added the charges are appropriate for a signature bond because they do not involve violence or drugs.
“It’s just other people being offended by what she was doing,” Moertel said. “There’s no danger to the community.”
Lew’s co-defendant, Erio S. Oliver, 27, of Eau Claire, returns to court June 5. He is being held in the Eau Claire County Jail on a $20,000 cash bail.
According to the criminal complaint:
The pornographic videos were made by Lew and Oliver in March and April 2015.
Unsuspecting males, some at Eau Claire businesses, were in the videos. Police were alerted to this type of video when they received complaints from some of Lew’s male victims.
Police were able to identify Lew and Oliver as suspects through the adult websites and other online sources.
Lew was using the name Whitney Wisconsin on the videos.
Lew was interviewed by police on April 10, 2015, after she was found at an Eau Claire hotel room Oliver was renting.
Lew told police that she and Oliver are engaged. She admitted that making the pornography was her idea. Oliver filmed her during the making of the videos.
Lew said Oliver took care of the custom video orders and that they both received payment for the videos.
Lew was ordered to appear in court in May 2015 but didn’t show up. Attempts by police to locate her were unsuccessful.
Oliver was located by police in Florida and extradited to Eau Claire County for felony child pornography charges.