Complaint: Wisconsin judge allegedly sent child pornography through messaging app

Brett Blomme's mugshot
Dane County Sheriff's Office

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge has been formally charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography.

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Brett Blomme, 38, made his initial appearance in Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

He was arrested on Tuesday following a child pornography investigation.

Court documents indicate he used the messaging app Kik to share images and videos 27 separate times in October and November 2020. Authorities said the videos show sexual acts being performed on children, including a toddler.

The Kik account that shared these images is linked to an email address belonging to Blomme, the criminal complaint said. The Kik account was also accessed using internet provided in a Milwaukee County government building and a home in Dane County.

Department of Justice investigators obtained search warrants for Blomme’s judicial chambers, vehicle and homes in Milwaukee and Dane counties.

A court commissioner gave Blomme a signature bond on the condition that he doesn’t access social media or another file-sharing service. He also is not allowed to have contact with minors, other than his children, unless supervised by a responsible adult.

He’s expected back in court April 29 for a preliminary hearing.

Blomme was elected as a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge last spring.