Ex-trooper’s pornography case nearing end

September 18, 2017 GMT

JEFFERSON — The case against a former Wisconsin State Patrol trooper charged with multiple counts of possession of child pornography remains on track for possible resolution.

Ex-Trooper Frank Richard Torrez, 54, Cambridge, has pleaded not guilty to 10 separate counts of felony possession of child pornography.

If convicted, Torrez faces 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. In addition, he would face a minimum of three years of initial confinement on each charge.

Appearing for Friday status conference before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Weston, his attorney, Mark Eisenberg requested another status conference in 30 days to review the additional reports requested from Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Maas.

Eisenberg indicated that the next hearing will either be a plea with a request for a pre-sentence investigation or an opportunity to schedule for a jury trial.

Torrez is scheduled to appear for another status conference on Thursday, Oct. 26.

He originally was taken into custody Friday, Feb. 17, after child pornographic images were located on multiple electronic devices found in his home.

The 10 charges are based on video files found on a black Samsung 256GB external hard drive recovered at Torrez’s house. Ranging in length from 47 seconds to more than nine minutes, each video depicts prepubescent males engaged in a variety of sexually explicit acts.

During the search of Torrez’s home — located adjacent to Cambridge High School — several computers and 80 digital storage devices were located.

Examination of the devices revealed dozens of videos depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and pages of image files common to child pornography investigations.

When asked, Torrez told investigators that he had downloaded and viewed child pornography, according to the criminal complaint.

Asked to guess how old the youngest child he had viewed was, Torrez stated, “it was young.”