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Report: Child porn investigations delayed in 4 Wisconsin cities

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Milwaukee is apparently not the only place in Wisconsin where child pornography investigations have been delayed.

The Journal Sentinel obtained a spreadsheet Wednesday showing that 41 cases waited for at least two months to be investigated at state Justice field offices in Wausau, Eau Claire, and Madison as well as Milwaukee.

As of late February, the average delay in the 41 cases in question was more than a year. The longest was three-and-a-half years.

The documents were the result of a Justice Department review. Spokeswoman Dana Brueck told the Journal Sentinel it did not identify a problematic pattern at any other the state's field offices outside Milwaukee.

She cited a number of reasons why cases could be delayed, due to things like the quality of the tips received -- and the complexity of certain cases.

Milwaukee field office director Willie Brantley was let go after investigative delays were exposed at his facility. Milwaukee agent Anna King quit.

Those cases showed that a Racine man was left free to molest a boy he was babysitting -- and a drug and alcohol counselor from Pewaukee did not have to register as a sex offender in his abuse case.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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