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Former CAP officer pleads guilty to possessing child porn

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Darryl Enriquez
July 12, 2011
— Michael Curry, a former officer with the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol, has pleaded guilty to felony possession of child pornography.

Curry, 54, accepted a plea agreement offered by Walworth County District Attorney Phillip Koss. The plea settles the criminal case that began with a police raid at Curry’s home in September 2009, according to court records.


Sentencing is set for Sept. 8.


Curry, 306 Main St., Delavan, was charged last July with five felony counts of possessing child pornography. He remains free on bail.


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


Under the plea agreement, Curry’s lawyer, Jeffrey L. Murrell, will argue that the former commander should not receive a prison sentence. The maximum is 25 years.


In exchange for the plea, four counts were dismissed but can be considered by the sentencing judge.


Koss and Murrell will argue whether Curry should become a registered sex offender. Walworth County Judge Robert Kennedy ordered a presentence investigation.


No additional charges will be filed, Koss reported in a letter to Murrell. Koss recently investigated allegations that Curry had committed additional child sex crimes.


According to a written statement from Civil Air Patrol national headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama, no connection to Civil Air Patrol was alleged in the criminal complaint against Curry.



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