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Wisconsin judge charged with seven child pornography counts

Brett Blomme
Brett Blomme(Dane County Jail/WKOW)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 3:58 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a Wisconsin judge with seven felony counts of possession of child pornography.

The state Department of Justice announced the charges against Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Brett Blomme on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, the DOJ began investigating Blomme in February after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that Blomme had uploaded child pornography through the Kik messaging application 27 times in October and November.

Online court records list Blomme’s attorney as Chris Van Wagner.

He has not returned a message seeking comment.

Wednesday afternoon, the Wisconsin Supreme Court concluded Blomme is unable to properly perform his official duties due to the pending criminal proceedings against him, and added that the public interest required he be temporarily relieved of his duties.

The Court then issued an order saying Blomme is temporarily prohibited from exercising the powers of a circuit judge in the State of Wisconsin.

In addition, the court ordered Blomme’s judicial salary is temporarily withheld until further order of the court starting Wednesday.

You can read the full order below.

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