An activist Wisconsin judge was arrested Tuesday on charges of possession of child pornography, authorities said.
Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Brett Blomme, 38, was apprehended following an investigation into “multiple uploads of child pornography,” the Wisconsin Department of Justice said in a release.
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“Blomme was elected to the court in the spring 2020 election, defeating incumbent Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Dedinsky, an appointee of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker,” The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“I’m the progressive alternative,” he said during his campaign.
Before becoming a judge, Blomme was the president of the Cream City LGBTQ+ Foundation, which runs a “Drag Queen Story Hour” for children at public libraries in the region. According to the group’s website, Drag Queen Story Hour “captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models.”
“In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real,” their website reads.
Blomme is accused of making “multiple uploads of child pornography through a Kik messaging application account in October and November 2020,” according to their statement. According to the search warrant, some of the pornography was uploaded at Milwaukee County government buildings.
A criminal complaint was expected to be filed Wednesday, the DOJ said.
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After linking the uploads to Blomme, investigators obtained search warrants for his chambers, his vehicle, and his residences in Milwaukee and Dane counties, the statement said.
A message could not be left at a number listed for Blomme’s chambers. A home number for him could not be found.
The Associated Press contributed to this article