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January 17, 2020

1/14/2020 7:30:00 AM
Kummer indicted on child pornography charges
Abigail Bostwick
Of The Lakeland Times

Already facing state charges, a registered sex offender from Minocqua must now answer a federal indictment for new crimes.

Matthew K. Kummer, 49, Minocqua, was in Oneida County Circuit Court in December 2019, where he pled not guilty to failing 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 count possession of child pornography.

Last week, the Office of U.S. Attorney Scott C. Blader, Western District of Wisconsin, announced Kummer had been indicted on child pornography charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, it is alleged that in October 2019 Kummer had a USB drive with pictures of minors "engaging in sexually explicit conduct," including at least one under the age of 12.

If convicted, Kummer faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

The federal case came as a result of Oneida County Sheriff's Department investigation, along with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and Minocqua and Woodruff police departments.

In Oneida County, Kummer is defended by attorney Mary Roth Burns. A pre-trial in that case is scheduled to be held in February.

It was 2008 when then-Rhinelander resident Kummer 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 fall 2019 charges allege Kummer of going to a Rhinelander school to pick up a friend's daughter and not notifying the school or updating his address with the state, as outlined in his sentence. A county deputy saw and questioned Kummer that day, where he admitted he was a registered sex offender.

A subsequent search of Kummer's home uncovered the child pornography images, court records say.

Further, Kummer was charged with contempt of court in November 2019 after jail staff reportedly discovered him video chat with two juvenile female relatives. As part of his bond, he is not allowed to contact with minors.

He is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

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