Milwaukee County judge charged with 7 counts of possession of child pornography

NOW: Milwaukee County judge charged with 7 counts of possession of child pornography

Updated: 3:18 p.m. on March 17, 2021

DANE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Milwaukee County circuit court judge is charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography. Judge Brett Blomme was formally charged in Dane County Wednesday, March 17. 

Blomme presided over children's court cases at the youth and family justice center. 

"The allegations are certainly disturbing," said commissioner Brian Asmus. "There's significant potential penalties if convicted and there's multiple counts." 

Blomme appeared in court virtually Wednesday, while in custody in the Dane County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, in October and November of last year, Blomme uploaded and shared images and videos using the messaging app Kik. The videos show boys, some as young as toddlers, being sexually assaulted.

The prosecution asked for a $2,500 cash bond because of the strength of the evidence. 

"The defendant is facing seven felony charges, which are representative of as many as 27 potential charges as described in the criminal complaint," said David Maas, prosecutor. 

The judge ultimately assigned a signature bond, saying that is typical in cases like this.

Blomme is now out of jail; he cannot use social media or file sharing apps or have unsupervised contact with kids, except for his own.

He’ll be back in court April 29.

Published: 2:37 p.m. on March 16, 2021

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) --- The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a Milwaukee County judge was arrested on tentative charges of possession of child pornography.

The DOJ announced Tuesday, March 16 that Brett Blomme, 38, was arrested on child pornography charges. 

Blomme is a Circuit Court judge in Milwaukee County.

DOJ officials say special agents followed an investigation into multiple uploads of child pornography through a Kik messaging application account in October and November 2020. 

Officials say based upon records allegedly linking those uploads to Blomme, DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (CSI) investigators obtained search warrants for Blomme, his chambers, his vehicle and his homes in Milwaukee and Dane counties.

The investigation was led by the Wisconsin DOJ DCI with help from investigations with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office.

Special assistance was received from multiple agencies including: Wauwatosa, Cottage Grove, Racine County, Brookfield, Waukesha County, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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