MADISON (WKOW) -- A state worker with a salary of more than $45,000 per year regains state-paid, legal counsel, as he defends himself against felony, child exploitation charges.
A spokesperson for the department of health services says 45-year old Richard Desensi remains on paid, administrative leave.
Last month, after inquiries from 27 News about Desensi's eligibility for legal assistance, assistant state public defender Jon Helland was allowed to withdraw as Desensi's attorney, citing Desensi no longer being financially eligible for indigent legal services because "it appears that he remains on paid leave."
But on Aug. 2, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi vacated her order withdrawing Helland as Desensi's attorney, and Helland was placed back on the case. Court minutes show Desensi maintains he qualifies for state help. "Defn (defendant) states he is now eligible," records show.
Eligibility for legal help through the state public defender involves income, assets, and other economic factors. A spokesperson for the state public defender says confidentiality rules prevent comment on a client's eligibility.
Authorities say Desensi possessed graphic images of two young girls. The Mount Horeb man's computers were seized. Authorities say Desensi used online forums to share graphic images, and viewed them on devices at his state work place before other employees arrived.
His trial is scheduled for later this year.
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