Who is Brett Blomme? First gay judge of Wisconsin's Milwaukee charged with uploading child porn on Kik app

Who is Brett Blomme? First gay judge of Wisconsin's Milwaukee charged with uploading child porn on Kik app
Judge Brett Blomme's preliminary hearing is set for May 29 (Dane County Sheriff's Office)

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN: Judge Brett Blomme, who serves as a Circuit Court judge in Milwaukee county, has been suspended after his arrest for possessing and uploading child pornography. He was arrested on Tuesday, March 16, taken to Dane County Jail and charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography. Each count carries a minimum sentence of three years in jail. 

According to the criminal complaint, Blomme uploaded as many as 27 explicit images and videos to the social messaging app Kik between October and November 2020. He has now been released on multiple conditions, with a preliminary hearing set for May 29. 

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Blomme and his husband Chris have adopted two children together, but court records don’t indicate they were included in any of uploads. According to reports, he is yet to enter a plea. Here's everything else we know about him.

Brett Blomme during a campaign speech (Brett Blomme via Instagram)

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Who is Brett Blomme?

Judge Brett Blomme was elected to the circuit court in August 2020, and is currently assigned to the Milwaukee County Children's Court. Before that, he served as an assistant city attorney in Madison and also as an assistant public defender. His LinkedIn profile also lists that he worked as a legislative aide in the Wisconsin State Assembly between 2009 and 2011.

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Bloome has a BA in political science and government from Marquette University and a Doctor of Law from the University of Missouri - Columbia. He is originally from Missouri. Apart from a distinguished legal career, the 38-year-old also has extensive experience in non-profits. He was the President and CEO of Cream City Foundation, an LGBTQ advocacy group and the Director of Major Gifts at AIDS Resource Centre of Wisconsin.

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Backed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, he became the first self-identified gay judge in the county. He lives in Cottage Grove with his husband and two children. His husband, Chris is the assistant director of orientations at UW-Madison. The couple also have a second home at Milwaukee's Lennox Heights neighborhood.

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Earlier, some publications incorrectly reported that he was also the leader of the Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) organization. That has since been debunked. Cream City Foundation "acted as a fiscal sponsor to DQSH’s Milwaukee chapter", but is an entirely separate entity as reported by Snopes.

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"Brett has never held a title or position within our organization ever,” Jonathan Hamilt, the Executive Director of DQSH's national umbrella organization told the publication. His Instagram profile is filled with images from his election campaign, where he defeated incumbent Paul Dedinsky, backed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. 

Brett Blomme (Brett Blomme for Judge campaign website)

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Child pornography charges

The criminal complaint filed states that Blomme was uploading content to Kik through the username 'DomMasterbb'. The case first came to light after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was tipped about the Kik user. Led by Special Agent Tamar Taubel of the Division of Criminal Investigations, investigators were able to tie that account to Blomme via his email accounts. The complaint also states that Blomme uploaded images from a friend's house.

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The friend is simply referred to as 'Individual B' in the complaint. According to the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel, that individual "confirmed to investigators that Blomme was at his home on days that the friend's internet service showed uploads by DomMasterBB of child pornography." Further investigations revealed uploads at Blomme's house and the judge's chambers.

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Since being arrested, Blomme has been suspended from all judicial duties without pay. Any information relating to him has also been scrubbed from the Cream City Foundation website. 

Each count against Blomme carries with it a minimum sentence of three years with the potential for up to 15 years with 10 years of supervised release. While the case is ongoing, Blomme's two adopted children will be placed elsewhere by Child Protective Services. Court documents indicate that they were not involved in sexual exploitation. 

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 Assistant Attorney General David Maas, who is prosecuting the case, argued for $2,000 cash bail. He also asked 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."

However, Court Commissioner Brian Asmus argued for lesser conditions noting his lack of a criminal record. Blomme was eventually released on the condition that he not use social media or file-sharing services, or have unsupervised contact with children, except for his own.

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