Former state trooper sentenced to three years on child pornography

 A former Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges.

Frank Richard Torrez, 53, was sentenced today in Jefferson County court after pleading guilty earlier to five counts of possessing child pornography.

Torrez also was sentenced to five years of extended supervision and will be placed on the state sex offender registry.

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- A former Wisconsin State Patrol trooper was charged Tuesday with ten, felony counts of possessing child pornography, after resigning his long-time law enforcement position Friday following his arrest.An initial court appearance in Jefferson County was held for 53-year old Frank Richard Torrez, who appeared via telephone from the Rock County jail.  Officials say Torrez was being held in that jail because of his extensive law enforcement work in Jefferson County.  His case is also being prosecuted by an assistant state attorney general.A criminal complaint states a state department justice agent's undercover, online investigation led to file sharing of child porn associated with unique computer signatures of a device linked to the Cambridge man.  The complaint states Torrez admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography.  The complaint says when an investigator asked Torrez how the old the youngest child he had viewed was, Torrez stated " was young."

The complaint states the agent's discovery of the suspect computer IP address took place Feb. 7, followed by the obtaining of records indicating the computer was assigned to Torrez.  Court records show Torrez was taken into custody Feb. 17 as he finished his law enforcement shift at the state patrol's DeForest headquarters, and a search of one of his computers at his home ensued, with child porn images discovered. When asked by 27 News about the length of time between the agent's discovery of the child pornography and its source, and the law enforcement's officer's arrest, state department of justice spokesperson Johnny Koremenos said a subpoena had to be obtained before any search warrant could be executed.  He said the turn-around time was relatively quick, and said turn-around times in some previously, complex child porn cases formerly took as long as nearly a month.  Koremenos says Wisconsin's recent passage of a law inspired by the experience of a Virginia child kidnap and torture victim allows subpoenas to be granted by the attorney general in these cases to expedite the crime-fighting process.Torrez' career included the receipt of service award in 2015 during a ceremony featuring Governor Walker, acknowledging Torrez' participation in the State Patrol's Honor Guard.Judge William Hue set Torrez's bail at $5,000, noting conviction on any of the ten counts against him would require Torrez to serve a minimum, three year prison sentence.  A Rock County Sheriff's official tells 27 News Torrez posted bail early Tuesday evening and was released.Torrez's home is near a Cambridge school, but authorities allege nothing at this time against Torrez, other than his possession of the child pornography.********

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Department of Transportation spokesperson Patty Mayers tells 27 News Trooper Frank Richard Torrez resigned Friday - the same day authorities arrested him.

Mayers says Torrez was with the State Patrol for 22 years.  He received a service award in 2015.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by 27 News, Torrez admitted to downloading and viewing child pornography.

Officials identified Torrez's IP address while investigating the BitTorrent Network which allows users to connect to other users' computers and files.

In the search of his home, officials located a computer Torrez told them the files were located, along with a external hard drive.

According to the complaint, "Torrez state he moved the child pornography files he liked from his white desktop computer onto the black Samsung hard drive to watch again at a later time."

When questioned about knowing the age of the people in the videos, Torrez was asked to guess how old the youngest child was he had viewed and stated "it was young."

Torrez is scheduled to appear in Jefferson County court Tuesday at 2 p.m.

We will continue to update this story.


JEFFERSON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin state trooper is scheduled to make a court appearance Tuesday on ten felony charges of possessing child pornography.

53 year old Frank Richard Torrez of Cambridge was arrested Friday and remains in the Jefferson County jail.

In 2015, Torrez received a state service award for his participation in the State Patrol's Honor Guard.  He received his award from Governor Walker during a ceremony.

Department of Transportation officials have yet to respond to phone calls and emails from 27 News seeking comment on Torrez's job status.

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