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DOJ: Agent let 43 child porn cases languish

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- 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.
   "While there are examples during the three year period of other SACs holding cases between 60 and 89 days, these are outliers and no other SAC ever held a case longer than that," St. John writes.
   "Some of your cases were held for periods of years and some were never even assigned for an investigation," St. John's letter states.
   Brantley has appealed his termination, arguing there was no timeline for investigations.
   "DOJ management was aware of his large caseload," Brantley's attorney, Daniel Bach tells 27 News.
   Bach says mounting tips about child pornography have stretched DOJ resources. He says there were instances of child porn tips languishing for four months or more in field offices other than Milwaukee, but provided no data. Bach says information on those situations will be introduced as Brantley fights his termination.
   DOJ spokesperson Dana Brueck declines comment to 27 News on the delay in the 43 cases supervised by Brantley, and on cases involving delays of two to three months supervised by different personnel, other than to say no one was disciplined in connection to those cases.
   DOJ officials say 834 tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were referred to DOJ last year.
   Officials say an average of more than one hundred arrests annually have been made in connection to the work of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force since 2005.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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