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Complaint settled over wrongful termination from ICAC program

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department says there is no "root problem" with the program that fights Internet crimes against children.

That's after a Milwaukee justice supervisor was let go, and one of his former agents quit, when they got behind on over three dozen child pornography investigations.

A special task force worked from March until June to catch up with those cases.

Wednesday, the ex-Justice supervisor -- Willie Brantley -- settled a complaint he filed with the state Employment Relations Commission, which claimed he was wrongly terminated. He'll get $7,500 to cover part of his legal fees.

His release will officially be classified as a retirement, so he can get unused vacation money, and unused sick leave to help pay for his health coverage.

Also, the settlement called on Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to apologize for calling Brantley a "rogue employee" in media interviews.

Van Hollen issued a statement Wednesday that he regretted the term. He also used the same words for the other agent involved, Anna King -- but the apology does not apply to her.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)