WI First Gay Dem. ‘Community Organizer’ Judge Arrested On Child Porn Charges

Judge Brett Blomme is now facing federal charges in his child pornography case in Milwaukee County. He faces seven counts of possessing child pornography that showed the abuse of young boys, including 2 counts of distributing a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

“Brett is a community activist, experienced attorney, and devoted dad. He has spent his career fighting for the most marginalized in our community. Brett is the President & CEO of Cream City Foundation (CCF) in Milwaukee. He has over 15 years of experience in litigation, philanthropy, community organizing and nonprofit management,” according to Ballotpedia. 

Blomme, the first gay judge for Wisconsin, ran as a nonpartisan election and was for far-left police and judicial reform measures, like defunding police departments.

“The indictment alleges that on October 30 and November 1, 2020, Blomme sent a file containing an image of child pornography to another user via Kik Messenger,” states the federal news release.

In April, a complaint accused him of uploading graphic images and videos of boys as young as toddlers to an online messaging site.

Blomme appeared before Dane County Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn on Thursday by video. He waived his right to a preliminary hearing and stood mute in the face of the charges. The court entered a plea of not guilty, and the case was bound over for trial in Branch 14. Motions are due in 20 days.

Blomme was elected to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in April 2020. The Wisconsin Supreme Court temporarily barred him from serving starting on March 17 until further notice.

“At the time of the offenses alleged in the indictment, Blomme was a judge with the Milwaukee County Children’s Court,” the release states.

“The Dane County man is charged in an indictment returned today by a federal grand jury sitting in Madison,” according to Timothy M. O’Shea, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Wisconson law journal reported in 2019:

A national organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ candidates get elected endorsed Brett Blomme for Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge.

Blomme and Judge Paul Dedinsky are running for a seat on the Branch 5 children’s court. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Dedinsky to the bench in 2018.

Blomme’s campaign announced on Monday that the LGBTQ Victory Fund had endorsed him in the race. The fund provides campaign, fundraising, and communication support to LGBTQ candidates around the U.S. Blomme’s campaign said Blomme would be one of two openly gay men in the Wisconsin judiciary if he wins.

In a statement, Blomme said he is working hard to provide Milwaukee County with “an alternative to the Walker-appointed, conservative judge that currently sits in Branch 5.”

Blomme gave campaign contributions to several Democrats and court candidates in the years before he was charged with possessing child pornography, and those politicians are now shedding his donations.

The Milwaukee County Circuit judge’s largest donation by far was made to U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2018. She plans to give the $1,000 he provided her to charities, according to her campaign.

Over the last decade, Blomme has given $300 to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Barrett plans to donate the money to charities, according to his campaign.

In 2019, Blomme gave $50 to state Sen. LaTonya Johnson of Milwaukee. She said she would give the money to Project Ujima, an anti-violence program in Milwaukee.

If convicted, Blomme faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on each count.

From Ballotpedia:

Please list below 3 key messages of your campaign. What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?

  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fair Justice
  • Open Court System

What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about?

A. _ We have a mass incarceration crisis in our state. My platform adopts the ACLU “Smart Justice” reforms that aim to decrease the state’s incarcerated population by 50% by 2024.

 

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