Former Milwaukee County sheriff's sergeant pleads guilty to producing child porn

CREATED Sep 20, 2012 - UPDATED: Sep 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- A former Milwaukee County deputy sheriff's sergeant has pleaded guilty to six counts of producing child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Court documents alleged that Philip Wentzel, 41, knowingly produced child pornography from 2009 until approximately April 2011.

Those documents claim that Wentzel snapped pornographic photos of at least three young girls while they were sleeping and/or drugged.  FBI investigators say Wentzel took the photos inside his camper at a Fond Du Lac County campground where he's had a permanent spot since 2008.

Court records indicate that Wentzel used a peer-to-peer file sharing program to share the images and videos of child pornography, which he and others had produced.

He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison for each count, and a maximum of 30 years in prison for each count, according to the release.  Additionally, he faces a $250,000 fine and a minimum of 5 years and up to a lifetime of supervised release following his term of imprisonment.

Wentzel will be sentenced on December 21.

On May 7, 2012, Wentzel resigned from his position at the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.