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Wisconsin DOJ Let 43 Child Porn Cases Languish While Predators Were Free

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Wisconsin Department of Justice let at least 43 tips about suspected child pornography languish for four months or longer, compromising the investigations and keeping children in harm’s way, an internal investigation determined.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the number could be a lot higher, revealing a major lapse in judgment by top officials in the state.

The probe resulted in the terminations of Willie Brantley, the former special agent in charge of the Justice Department’s Milwaukee office, and Anna King, a special agent who worked for him. All the cases were shifted from Madison to Milwaukee between 2011 and 2013, the Journal Sentinel reported.

“While there are examples during the three-year period of other (special agents in charge) holding cases between 60 and 89 days, these are outliers and no other (supervisor) ever held a case longer than that,” according to the letter, written by Deputy Attorney General Kevin St. John.

In one case, a 26-year-old man “was left free to allegedly molest an 11-year-old boy he was baby-sitting.”

“We still have concern that other cases under your former supervision, which have now been reassigned, may identify additional victims whose suffering might have been averted had you exercised the most rudimentary supervisory principles,” the letter notifying Brantley of his termination says. “This discipline takes into account the ongoing risk to the public safety that was set in play by your actions.”

Justice Department Describes Horrifying Abuses of Female Inmates at Alabama Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When federal officials began investigating claims of sexual abuse at an Alabama prison for women, they never imagined what they’d find inside.

ABC News reports that the environment was so obscene and toxic that the nearly 900 woman incarcerated at Tutwiler Prison “universally fear for their safety,” the Justice Department found.

How bad was it?

According to the report, a third of the 99 employees had sex with inmates. Employees organized strip shows and forced women to have sex with them for basic sanitary supplies.

Inmates who complained were disciplined, according to the report.

“We conclude that the state of Alabama violates the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution by failing to protect women prisoners at Tutwiler [Prison] from harm due to sexual abuse and harassment from correctional staff,” the Justice Department wrote in a letter to Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

Former Deputy Police Chief Admits He Lied to FBI About Office Sex Affair

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former deputy police chief in Markham, Ill. was caught with his pants down and now he plans to come clean.

Tony DeBois is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about a sexual relationship he had at the police station, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

But it’s unclear how that will affect allegations by a female prisoner who claims she was sexually abused by him.

The burly 42-year-old cop said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” that he lied to the FBI to hide the affair from his wife and denied assaulting anyone.

Penn State Begins Implementing New Guidelines Recommended by Ex-FBI Dir. Louie Freeh

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This won’t make this scandal vanish, but it may help avoid one in the future.

The Associated Press reported that Penn State University has begun implementing new guidelines about identifying and reporting sexual abuse recommended by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The recommendations come in wake of the scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

To read more click here.

 

Houston Fed Judge Gets Nearly 3 Years in Case Involving Sexual Abuse of 2 Female Employees

Judge Samuel Kent

Judge Samuel Kent

This is not only a major embarrassment to the judge, but to the federal judiciary.

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press
HOUSTON – A disgraced federal judge was sentenced yesterday to nearly three years in prison for lying to investigators about sexually abusing two female employees, who said that they feared him so much they hid from him in the courthouse.

U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent stared at the floor while the women described years of harassment and abuse at the Galveston courthouse, where he wielded great authority as the only federal judge.

He could have received up to 20 years in prison, but prosecutors said that they wouldn’t seek more than three years under a plea agreement. He also was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $6,550 in restitution to the secretary and case manager whose complaints resulted in the first sex-abuse case ever against a sitting federal judge.

The women whom Kent abused told federal Judge Roger Vinson a that they came to work scared that Kent might find them, and even neglected to answer courthouse phones to avoid him.

Cathy McBroom, Kent’s former case manager, said that he had “bragged” about his ability to intimidate people. “He told me everyone was afraid of him.” McBroom’s complaint began the case, which expanded when allegations from the judge’s secretary Donna Wilkerson were added.