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Children's Court judge who once led group that sponsors Drag Queen Story Hour charged with possession of child pornography showing abuse of young boys

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A criminal complaint says Brett Blomme last fall uploaded as many as 27 images and videos of children being sexually abused

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A Milwaukee County Children's Court judge has been charged with seven counts of possessing child pornography showing the abuse of young boys, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Brett Blomme also recently served as president and CEO of Cream City Foundation, an LBGTQ advocacy group that sponsors Drag Queen Story Hour — a controversial activity that's been in the news in recent years in which drag queens read stories to young children, typically in public libraries.

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But some Drag Queen Story Hours have been under fire for things such as photos of children lying on top of a drag queen, a drag queen showing children how to twerk, and a drag queen in a miniskirt with an exposed crotch as children sat close by.

What are the details of the judge's arrest?

Blomme, 38, was arrested Tuesday, spent the night in jail, and made an initial appearance in a Dane County court Wednesday afternoon, the paper said. He was released by 4 p.m., the Journal Sentinel reported, adding that the conditions of his bond are that he cannot use social media or file-sharing services or have unsupervised contact with children except his own.

Each count carries a minimum mandatory sentence of three years and as much as 15 years in prison plus 10 years of supervised release, the paper said.

The criminal complaint says Blomme last fall uploaded as many as 27 images and videos of children being sexually abused using the messaging app Kik, the Journal Sentinel noted. The uploads occurred from a home he and his husband own in Cottage Grove, in Dane County, the paper added.

The couple has two adopted children, the Journal Sentinel said, but court records do not suggest they are part of any of the illegal images. Child Protective Services is involved with their current placement, defense attorney Christopher Van Wagner said during the hearing, according to the paper.

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The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General David Maas. He argued for a $2,000 cash bail, that Blomme not be allowed to have a cellphone or any unsupervised computer use (except for with his attorney) and no unsupervised contact with any children, even his own.

But Court Commissioner Brian Asmus noted Blomme's extensive contacts with the area, his lack of any criminal record and his husband's interest in protecting the couple's children in deciding on lesser conditions or release.

A preliminary hearing was set for May 29.

Later Wednesday, the state Supreme Court announced it was suspending Blomme from any judicial duties, without pay, per the high courts "superintending and administrative authority" over all courts in the state.

'DomMasterbb'

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children told investigators that a user called "DomMasterbb" used the Kik messaging and chat app to send suspected child pornography, the paper said, citing the criminal complaint.

Investigators tied the account to Blomme via his personal and work emails, the Journal Sentinel added, and searches were eventually conducted at his Cottage Grove home, another in Milwaukee, and at the judge's chambers.

The complaint says Blomme also uploaded images at a friend's home in Milwaukee, the paper noted, and the friend confirmed to investigators that Blomme was at his home on days that the friend's internet service showed child pornography uploads by DomMasterBB.

What about the Drag Queen Story Hour connection?

Cream City Foundation's website showcases Drag Queen Story Hour Milwaukee under its "programs" heading. But DQSH Milwaukee Executive Director Jonathan Hamilt told the Washington Examiner that his group "has never been run by" Blomme or Cream City.

Hamilt also told the paper that "neither have ever participated in planning, organizing, hosting, or performing at any of our events" and that Blomme "has never held a title or position within our organization ever."

"Cream City Foundation has only ever been a fiscal sponsor that allows DQSH Milwaukee to give & receive funds as a nonprofit. Asides [sic] from financials, they have had no part in DQSH Milwaukee & DQSH National," he also told the Examiner. "As the leaders of DQSH Milwaukee & DQSH National we absolutely condemn pedophilia. We are angry and outraged by Brett's actions. Pedophilia has no place in the LGBT community and no place in society as a whole."

The paper said Cream City Foundation didn't respond to its request for comment.

Anything else?

Blomme last year was elected to the circuit court and in August began as a judge in Children's Court in Wauwatosa, the Journal Sentinel said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in 2019 went to bat for Blomme to get on the circuit court, saying he'd known Blomme for nearly 20 years, the paper added.

"I have had the opportunity to watch Brett grow into a leader and a strong advocate for Milwaukee, a person of impeccable integrity, and someone who has worked to make Milwaukee a more diverse and equitable place for all," Barrett wrote, according to the Journal Sentinel.

But on Wednesday Barrett called the child porn allegations alarming and Blomme's arrest "a complete surprise," the paper reported.

Blomme was the first openly gay person to run for judge in the county, the paper said, adding that one of his opponents in the 2020 election said Blomme should resign.

"It appears that there have likely been many lives ruined by his actions. I also feel terrible for the children and families that have appeared in his court during the brief time he has been on the bench," Zach Whitney noted to the Journal Sentinel. "Words fail me here, but those children and families obviously deserve better — as do the voters. He needs to immediately resign."

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