Former Milwaukee County sheriff deputy sentenced for child porn possession

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by Chris Patterson

MILWAUKEE -- The former Milwaukee County sheriff's deputy Phillip Wentzel plead guilty in federal court to six counts of possession of child pornography. A judge handed down a 40 year prison sentence on December 21st.

Wentzel knowingly produced child pornography from 2009 to 2011, and every production included a different underage female. Wentzel posted a profile on a peer-to-peer network seeking "original" images and video of child pornography.

The FBI and Milwaukee Cyber Crimes Task force with the assistance of the Milwaukee Police Department contributed to the investigation of this case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the U.S. Department of Justice.

After his 40 year jail sentence, Wentzel will serve an additional 10 years of probation.

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