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New evidence forces child porn case delay for former Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol officer

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Darryl Enriquez
April 9, 2011
— The child pornography trial of a former Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol officer set for Monday has been delayed to allow prosecutors to investigate new information.

Michael A. Curry, 54, is facing five criminal counts of possessing child pornography found on computers taken from his Delavan home.


District Attorney Phillip Koss told Judge Robert Kennedy that he had been contacted by a woman who claims Curry showed her child pornography at his house.


If the woman’s statement is verified, it shows Curry actually possessed the child porn that police say they found on his computer, Koss said. Additional charges could be filed against Curry.


Another development in the case is that one of the children on a sex photo was identified, Koss said.


Kennedy agreed that both leads were material to Curry’s case, and he granted a delay of the trial.


Defense attorney Jeffrey L. Murrell argued that Koss had known for some time about the woman who claimed she was shown child porn. She was listed on a report from Caledonia police.


Koss said reports indicate Curry offered to show the woman, a girl at the time, a pornographic movie in his hotel room. Nothing was mentioned about computer porn, he said.


Curry resigned from the Civil Air Patrol as a lieutenant colonel and commander of a Racine squadron. Curry had more than a 40-year association with the group, according to the patrol’s website.



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