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GOP AG candidate Schimel would overhaul state's operations in child porn cases

WAUKESHA, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin attorney general candidate Brad Schimel says he would make big changes in how the Justice Department handles child pornography cases.

The Republican DA from Waukesha County said there needs to be an overhaul of the state's operations, with a renewed focus on preventing sex crimes against children.

Last Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cited at least two cases in which tips to the Justice Department were not investigated for a number of years. The department blamed, "some level of staff negligence."

Two criminal agents were re-assigned, and officials promised to see if other tips were not handled properly.

Schimel's office handled one of the cases in question. A plea deal was reached after a defense lawyer claimed that a search warrant in the case was based on information that was more than two years old.

Schimel is the only Republican running against three Democrats for the open attorney general's post this fall.

He said there should be more resources for investigating child porn cases, plus better training for the 200 law enforcement agencies which are part of the state's task force on Internet crimes against children.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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