On Wednesday, former Milwaukee County Children's Court judge Brett Blame was sentenced to prison for nine years for distributing child pornography.
Blomme's prison sentence will be followed by 20 years of supervised release, according to a press release from the Office of Acting US Attorney Timothy O'Shea.
"On January 28, 2021, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," according to the press release.
The CyberTip states that a person with the username "dommasterbb" used the Kid Messenger app to "distribute 27 files of child pornography."
"The images and videos showed prepubescent children posing in lewd and lascivious positions, underage children performing sexual acts on adults, and adults sexually abusing minors," the press release states.
After obtaining a search warrant, the DCI was able to obtain detailed information associated with dommasterbb's profile, which included a personal email address that was revealed to be used by Blomme.
In logs from Kik, the DCI "captured transactional data each time dommasterbb distributed the child pornography, including the IP address. Subscriber information associated with the IP addresses showed Blomme distributed child pornography from his house in Cottage Grove, a residence in the Milwaukee area, and the Milwaukee County Children's Court Center where he worked," according to the press release.
Police discovered during search warrant carried out at Blomme's residence "electronic devices that contained numerous text messages between Blomme and other individuals that centered on Blomme's sexual interest in children."
At Blomme's sentencing, Chief US District Judge James D. Peterson described Blomme's actions as the "worst of the worst."
"Judge Peterson also noted that Blomme's sustained pattern of illegal behavior while sitting as a judge was an aggravating factor that supported a significant term of imprisonment," the press release states.
“Today's sentence sends an unambiguous message that we will track down and hold accountable those who distribute child sexual abuse material,” said Acting US Attorney O'Shea.
“Every time an image of child sexual abuse is shared, it re-victimizes that child. No one is above the law and I am grateful to our law enforcement partners who helped ensure that the defendant would be held accountable for his crimes.”
“The Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation does important work to protect children's safety, including investigating internet crimes against children,” said Attorney General Kaul.
“Thank you to the investigators and prosecutors who have ensured that these heinous and deeply disturbing crimes have resulted in serious consequences.”