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January 21, 2020

12/5/2019 7:27:00 AM
New charge filed against convicted sex offender
Abigail Bostwick
of the Lakeland Times

A man accused of failing to uphold the requirements of his status as a convicted sex offender has entered a not guilty plea to the charge. He is also facing new charges alleging contempt of court.

Matthew K. Kummer, 48, Minocqua, was in Oneida County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon before Judge Michael Bloom. Represented by public defender Mary Roth Burns, Kummer entered not guilty pleas to charges including failure to maintain sex offender registry, two counts registered sex offender intentionally photograph a minor without consent, knowingly fail to notify a school of sex offender status and 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

In 2008, Kummer, who was living in Rhinelander at the time, was convicted of possessing child pornography.

As part of his sentence in that case, Kummer was mandated to file with the state sex offender registry at least until 2026.

The new charges accuse Kummer of going to James Williams Middle School in Rhinelander to pick up a friend's daughter and not notifying the school or updating his address with the state.

According to the complaint, a county deputy saw and questioned Kummer that day. Kummer admitted to the officer he was a registered sex offender. A subsequent search of Kummer's home and belongings turned up child pornography images that it appeared he took himself in local areas, as well as a number of other child pornography images, according to the complaint.

Additionally, Kummer was recently hit with new allegations involving contempt of court.

According to court reports, jail staff notified a deputy Kummer was having a video chat with two juvenile females while in custody.

The girls, ages 12 and 16, were found to be Kummer's sister's children. Kummer was having regular contact with the girls, it was uncovered, the complaint states.

As part of Kummer's bond, he is not permitted to have contact with minors. Video visitation is considered contact, according to the Oneida County Sheriff's Department.

Kummer now faces a new charge of contempt of court, a misdemeanor.

Kummer remains in the Oneida County jail on a $100,000 cash bond.

He will be back in court on both new cases in February 2020.





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