Christopher Verhaeghe Bio, Wiki
Christopher Verhaeghe is best known for being the husband of Judge Brett Blomme who was first elected to a six-year term in the Milwaukee County Circuit as a judge in April 2020. Running as a liberal challenger, Blomme defeated Scott Walker appointee Paul Dedinsky. He took his seat on the bench in August 2020 and most recently was assigned to children’s court. Backed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, he became the first self-identified gay judge in the county.
Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the arrest of Blomme on tentative child pornography charges Tuesday afternoon, May 11th.
Christopher Verhaeghe & Judge Brett Blomme
Blomme’s husband is Christopher Verhaeghe who works for UW-Madison as the assistant director of orientations. The couple’s two kids live in Cottage Grove and own a home in Milwaukee’s Lenox Heights neighborhood, where Blomme reports living full time.
Judge Brett Blomme 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.
The friend is simply referred to as ‘Individual B’ in the complaint. According to the Milwaukee 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.
Blomme has been suspended from all judicial duties without pay following his arrest. 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.
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.