Complaint: State trooper facing child-porn charges lives block away from school

80+ computer storage devices in 53-year-old's home

A 53-year-old state trooper from Cambridge is facing 10 counts of felony possession of child pornography in Jefferson County.

Frank Richard Torrez appeared in Jefferson County court Tuesday via telephone from the Rock County Jail.

According to a criminal complaint, Torrez was taken into custody after videos depicting children performing sex acts were found on electronic devices in his home last Friday. Bond was set at $5,000.

Torrez was had been a state trooper since 1994 but resigned Friday amid the allegations.

Torrez allegedly admitted to the possession of the devices and downloading the files, the complaint said. During the search, more than 80 digital storage devices were found in his home. A digital forensic examiner found dozens of videos of child porn on a storage drive.

According to the report, a state Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation special agent was conducting an undercover investigation online on a BitTorrent network 10 days before the search and arrest. Bittorrent allows users to share digital files. The special agent found files known to be associated with child porn, and was able to identify the IP address of the computer that was hosting the images, which linked back to Torrez’s home address.

Complaint: State trooper facing child-porn charges lives block away from school

According to the complaint, the 10 charges relate to 10 videos the special agent found on drives in Torrez’s home. The videos depicted young boys in sex acts.

If convicted, Torrez would face a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines on each count, along with a surcharge of $500 for each image associated with the crime.

Torrez’s home is about a block away from Cambridge High School.

“The allegations are quite serious if true. It’s an extreme breach of trust and for this person, who is our neighbor, it’s an extreme breach of trust and something we’re very concerned about” Cambridge Superintendent Bernie Nikolay said.

Nikolay said he never met Torrez before, but feels a breach of trust.

“We put our faith in our law enforcement, and this person certainly has let a lot of people down if these allegations are true,” Nikolay said.

Long-time neighbor Jim Dohm, however, said he had spoken with Torrez several times, having bought a lawn mower and air conditioner from him on one occasion, and was shocked to hear what had happened.

“I kind of like state troopers because they’re pretty easy going (and) usually fair and honest. I can’t believe what’s going on with him. He seemed like such a nice guy,” Dohm said.

Torrez will appear in court for a status conference on May 4 at 11 a.m.

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