A 37-year-old former employee of the Norris Adolescent Center in Mukwonago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 21 to three counts of distributing images of nudity.
Robert Turk was charged last June in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of child pornography possession for allegedly trading images of prepubescent girls using a fake Facebook account.
Turk was sentenced by Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. to 5 1/2 years in prison and six years extended supervision, but that sentence was stayed in lieu of three years probation and nine months in county jail. He was ordered to have no contact with minors (except his daughter) while on probation and to not use the Internet, except for work and educational purposes.
According to the criminal complaint, The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department was tipped off on April 30 by state agents that Turk was using the pseudonym “Charles Carmichael” on Facebook to distribute images of child pornography.
“Charles Carmichael” revealed in those private messages provided in the complaint that he lived in Wisconsin and worked as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor at the Norris Adolescent Center. The center, located at W247 S10395 Center Drive in Mukwonago, provides treatment to juveniles ages 12 to 18 with alcohol drugs, mental health, sexual and behavior issues, the center’s website states.
Deputies learned through a records warrant that the Facebook account was registered to Turk’s apartment at N16 W26571 Tall Reeds Lane in Pewaukee, according to the complaint.
A search warrant was issued on June 10 and police found numerous illicit images of young girls on a hard drive belonging to Turk, according to the complaint.
Turk told police in the complaint that he used the pictures to facilitate Internet role playing, pretending to be the father or older brother of the young girls.
Norris Adolescent Center did not respond to a request for comment.