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UPDATE: DOJ: Agent let 43 child porn cases languish

UPDATED Tuesday, April 22, 2014 --- 12:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin Department of Justice official says a former Milwaukee field office supervisor let at least 43 child pornography cases languish for months.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen told reporters on March 19 that Milwaukee Special Agent-In-Charge Willie Brantley and Special Agent Anna King had lost their jobs that day because they were responsible for delays that allowed one suspected child pornography distributor time to allegedly molest an 11-year-old boy and weakened the case against another.

Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John sent a letter to Brantley on March 19 firing Brantley. The letter accuses him holding 43 cases longer than 120 days between 2011 and 2013. Some cases were held for years and some were never assigned.

Brantley has appealed his termination, arguing there was no timeline for investigations.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, April 17, 2014 --- 3:51 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Justice Department has released the names of two investigators who lost their jobs after they let child pornography cases languish for months.

Agency officials identified the investigators on Wednesday as Milwaukee Special Agent-In-Charge Willie Brantley and former Milwaukee Special Agent Anna King.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has said they were responsible for delays in cases that allowed one suspected child pornography distributor time to allegedly molest an 11-year-old boy and weakened a case against another.

The agents left the agency on March 19. DOJ officials aren't saying whether they were fired or resigned.

A message left at a possible residential listing for Brantley wasn't immediately returned. Four possible numbers for King in the Milwaukee area were all disconnected.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, March 19, 2014 --- 12:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says a state agent and supervisor are no longer employed after an internal review found they were letting child pornography cases languish.

Van Hollen says they left the state Justice Department Wednesday morning. He wouldn't say whether they were fired or resigned.

DOJ has taken intense criticism in recent weeks after word broke the agency let at least two cases languish for so long the targets allegedly sexually assaulted children before agents acted.

DOJ launched an internal investigation into the matter late January. Van Hollen says the review found no other agents were allowing their cases to sit except the two who left the agency.

Investigators are still reviewing the two's cases to determine how many sat for too long.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Sunday, March 2, 2014 --- 6:15 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Court records show that in at least two cases, the Wisconsin Department of Justice took years to act on detailed and credible tips about online child pornography.

As a result, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, a 19-year-old Milwaukee man with a history of sexual assault arrests was left free to allegedly molest a 15-year-old schoolmate. And a Pewaukee man who worked as a juvenile drug and alcohol counselor got just a nine-month work-release sentence that didn't require registering as a sex offender.

Both cases had been referred to the state by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Two Division of Criminal Investigation special agents were reassigned after the newspaper asked questions about the cases.

Justice spokeswoman Dana Brueck says the cases "reflect some level of staff negligence."

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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