More child porn cases missed and delayed in DOJ investigation

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by John Cuoco

MILWAUKEE-  New documents revealed much more than initially feared about the mishandling of child pornography cases at the state Department of Justice.

In a termination letter to former Special Agent in Charge Will Brantley, the DOJ said from 2011 through 2013 he held 43 cases longer than 120 days.

Other special agents were holding cases 60 to 89 days, although the letter doesn't say how many.

The case of Robert Turk in Waukesha County went years without reporting before he got a plea deal.

The letter also reveals some cases were never even assigned for an investigation.

Daniel Bach, the former Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General and the attorney representing Brantley, said his client is being blamed for issues that are within the DOJ as a whole.

Brantley is appealing his termination and grievence has been filed.

Brantley claims the backlog of Internet Crimes Against Children cases was well known by the DOJ long before he was fired.

It also said that there was never a timeline for cyber tips to be investigated, or an internal procedure to make sure they were.

Brantley said the decison to terminate him was descriminatory and was racially motivated.

Bach added that this is a Department of Justice resource issue, not an issue of one individual.

State Rep. and Democratic candidate for Attorney General Jon Richards wants a full independent investigation.

Waukesha Coumty District Attorney and Republican candidate for Attorney General said the Department of Justice rightly conducted an investigation into delays and is holding the agents who failed to do their job responsible. Its important not to interject politics into protecting our children.

 

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