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Wisconsin Supreme Court orders Milwaukee judge accused of child porn possession temporarily relieved of duties

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MADISON (WKOW) -- After prosecutors charged him in Dane County Court with seven counts of child pornography possession, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered Brett Blomme to be relieved of his duties Wednesday.

Blomme, 38, who serves on the Milwaukee Circuit Court, had his initial appearance in court Wednesday.

According to a letter from the state supreme court, Blomme's criminal charges leave him incapable of performing his duties.

"In the exercise of that constitutional authority and in order to uphold the public’s confidence in the courts of this state during the pendency of the criminal proceeding against Judge Blomme, we conclude that Judge Blomme is currently unable to properly discharge his official duties and that the public interest requires that he be temporarily relieved of those duties," the Court said in the letter.

The state supreme court also stopped Blomme's judicial pay.

In a criminal complaint, authorities allege Blomme used the Kik messaging app to access child pornography last year.

"Uploaded images and videos consistent with consistent with child pornography through the application on 27 separate occasions in October and November 2020," the complaint states.

The complaint states one of the videos included a toddler crying throughout a sex act with an adult.

Authorities say their investigation of the connection between the uploads and Blomme's email accounts involved a friend's Milwaukee home, one of Blomme's homes that's in Cottage Grove and the Milwaukee County courthouse building.

"The evidence in this case is largely based on computer-generated records which have inherent credibility and present strong evidence," says Assistant State Attorney General David Maas.

Court Commissioner Brian Asmus released Blomme from jail on a signature bond. Blomme's bond conditions include no unsupervised contact with minors, although Blomme can have normal contact with his own two children.

Asmus also barred Blomme from accessing social media or file-sharing applications.

Authorities say Blomme was arrested Tuesday at the Cottage Grove home he shares with his husband and children in connection with the home being searched.

Blomme was elected to the Milwaukee judiciary in April and began his work on the bench in August. Blomme was assigned to Children's Court.

As Blomme left the Dane County Jail Wednesday, he declined to respond to a question from a 27 News reporter on whether he intended to resign.

A preliminary hearing for Blomme is scheduled for April 29.


Peter Culver

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