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State trooper from Cambridge arrested for child porn

February 21, 2017 GMT

JEFFERSON — A Wisconsin State Patrol trooper who has patrolled Jefferson County-area roadways for a number of years was arrested this past weekend on allegations of possession of child pornography.

Trooper Frank Richard Torrez, 53, of Cambridge, was taken into custody after child pornographic images were located on electronic devices found in his home.

A?criminal complaint was filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court by the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office Monday alleging 10 separate counts of felony possession of child pornography.

Torrez is scheduled to make an initial appearance on the allegations at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge William Hue.

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

Details from the criminal complaint were not available at presstime. However, the preliminary probable cause statement was available in the court file and obtained by the Daily Union.

A probable cause statement is a fact-based written account of the evidence and circumstances associated with a crime. It is information provided by law enforcement to support the assertion that a suspect committed the crime.

According to the probable cause statement, Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation special agents involved in the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force were conducting an undercover investigation leading to an IP address that came back to Torrez’s home address in Cambridge.

A Jefferson County judge signed a probable cause statement to authorize a search warrant on Friday, Feb. 17.

During the search of Torrez’s home — located only about a block away from Cambridge High School — electronic devices were located. Examination of the devices revealed files containing child pornography images.

Torrez allegedly admitted to possession of the devices and downloading the files.

Due to the potential conflict of interest and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies’ familiarity with Torrez, he is being held at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Torrez reportedly has been employed as a state trooper for a number of years.

He was among the group of troopers that received a unit citation as a member of the State Patrol Honor Guard in September 2015. Over 2014-15, the honor guard was recognized for distinguishing itself by representing the agency and the state at 74 events around the country.