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Mom charged with engaging in sex acts with daughter in the 1980s

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Gazette staff and Associated Press
December 3, 2007
— A Delavan woman has been charged with engaging in sexual acts involving her then 8-year-old daughter nearly 23 years ago.

Authorities said Nancy E. Brome, 58, 1420 Birchwood St., was involved in a series of inappropriate acts involving a man and her daughter. Joseph Hallows, a disbarred Wauwatosa attorney, is currently awaiting trial on numerous counts of child pornography and sexual assault of children, including Brome’s daughter.


Brome was charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child last month. She was released from the Milwaukee County Jail after posting $15,000 bail on Saturday.


Her attorney, Patrick Cafferty, said she maintains she is innocent.


“She had nothing to do with any acts committed by Hallows and had no knowledge of it,” he said.


According to the complaint filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Brome engaged in a series of inappropriate sex acts involving Hallows and her daughter. In one incident from January 1985, the complaint alleged Hallows had the girl touch him indecently in the bathroom of his law office in Milwaukee, and then the girl demonstrated the act again in front of her mother.


Brome and Hallows are also accused of having sex in front of the girl.


The charges are based on recent testimony of the now 31-year-old daughter and diaries confiscated from Hallows’ home. Police said those diaries depict sex acts with adults and children over a 30-year period.


Brome was arrested Thursday at her office, the Waukesha bureau of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She had been the office manager and had previously planned to retire the next day.


Hallows, 69, is the son of the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Hallows. He was disbarred in 1987 for unprofessional conduct that included misrepresenting himself to clients and the court, making unsolicited sexual advances toward a client and having sex with a client.



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