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Justice Dept. fires agent, supervisor for slow action on child porn cases

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (image from the Attorney General's Press Kit)
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (image from the Attorney General's Press Kit)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state Justice Department agent and a supervisor have both been fired for not acting quickly enough to pursue child pornography cases for prosecution.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the actions Wednesday. Van Hollen would not confirm to the AP whether the two employees quit or were let go. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said both were terminated.

Officials conducted a review, after it was learned a few weeks ago that the Justice Department took years to investigate tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about child porn.

Van Hollen said Wednesday that the review found that the terminated agent and supervisor were negligent in not handling cases more promptly. They were reassigned a few weeks ago, pending the department's further action.

Cases which were awaiting their reviews were given to other agents -- and Van Hollen was not sure how many total cases needed to be checked out.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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