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No child porn found on janitor's computer

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 24, 2008
— Computer analysts found no illegal material on computers taken from the home of a former Clinton Elementary School janitor, an official at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

After investigators are finished reviewing reports from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, the sheriff’s office will complete its investigation of former janitor Ron Torkilson, Cmdr. Troy Knutson told The Janesville Gazette.


Knutson expects the investigation to be finished next week.


It’s too soon to know what, if any, action the sheriff’s office will take, Knutson said.


Torkilson has not been arrested or charged.


Torkilson, a member of the Clinton Village Board, was fired by the school district March 14 after an investigation of a school board policy violation, District Administrator Pam Kiefert said.


School district officials have not seen the reports from the crime lab, Denise Wellnitz, school district curriculum director, said Friday.


In an undated letter included in documents related to the district investigation, Torkilson apologized for wasting school district time and lamented that something he thought was “kidding around” made such a problem.


“This job is important to me, and I strive to do the very best that I can,” Torkilson wrote.


The Gazette obtained the documents through the Wisconsin Open Records law.


The school district investigation started after a teacher found an inappropriate note Torkilson left on a fourth-grade boy’s desk March 4, according to court documents and the district’s investigation records.


Notes of the district’s investigation include interviews between Torkilson and various school administrators as well as several notes written by teachers concerned about Torkilson’s relationship with students.


The district documents and court records indicate Torkilson gave candy to children, allowed them into his work space, took one child to lunch, used inappropriate language with children and let children into the school when it was closed.


The school district on March 6 called Clinton police, who turned over the investigation to the sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant March 21 at Torkilson’s home, 609 Milwaukee Ave., Clinton, and seized several computers.


In interviews with a protective services worker, two boys said they had seen pornography on a computer at Torkilson’s home. One boy said the pornography was pop-up ads. The other boy said Torkilson watched pornography on the computer with the first boy for a half hour and that the first boy “lied” about the pornography being pop-up ads.


The boys did not say they were sexually abused or inappropriately touched.



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