Justice Department delayed porn probes statewide

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Newly released records show state Justice Department field offices across Wisconsin have delayed investigating child pornography tips for months.

The agency's Madison office, for example, took about three years to assign two tips for follow-up and delayed initial investigative activity for a year in two cases and 18 months in another.

DOJ fired Milwaukee Special Agent-In-Charge Willie Brantley in March for allowing nearly four dozen tips to languish. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said then no systemic problem existed with investigating child porn tips.

Assistant Attorney General Kevin Potter said in a letter accompanying the records that cases listed in them weren't necessarily mishandled. They were simply targeted for further review. Dave Matthews, administrator of DOJ's Division of Criminal Investigation, says he's satisfied most of the cases were properly prioritized.


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