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Probable cause found for Minocqua sex offender violation

November 19, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The Minocqua sex offender who allegedly failed to upkeep his state-ordered registry status has waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Oneida County Circuit Court.

It was 2008 when Matthew K. Kummer, 48, was convicted of possessing child pornography while he was a Rhinelander resident. Kummer, who pled not guilty, could have faced another 17 of the same counts, but those were dismissed and read into the record at sentencing before Judge Mark Mangerson. 

As part of the sentence, Kummer was required to file with the state sex offender registry, which includes notifying of any and all address changes. For Kummer, he had to follow those regulations until 2026. 

According to Wisconsin Sex Offender database, Kummer currently lives in Minocqua. 

The new charges allege Kummer attempted to pick up a friend’s daughter from Rhinelander middle school when a county deputy questioned him and located his restrictions and background. Kummer admitted to the deputy he was a registered sex offender and had not provided notice or gotten permission to be on school property. During a search, Kummer’s phone was found to have child pornography images that it appeared he took himself in local areas, based on court reports.

A search of Kummer’s apartment found thousands of other child pornography images, the criminal complaint indicates.

Before Judge Michael Bloom, Kummer currently has felonies fail to maintain sex offender register, two counts registered sex offender intentionally photographing a minor without consent, and 10 counts possession of child pornography and misdemeanor for knowingly failing to notify a school of sex offender status against him.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, defended by pubic defender Mary Burns, Kummer waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Bloom found enough probable cause to move the case forward towards trial. 

Kummer has an arraignment on the docket for Dec. 2, where he will enter his plea to all the charges. Kummer remains in custody on a $100,000 cash bond. 

Prior convictions for the Kummer span Lincoln and Oneida counties for property damage and violation of restraining orders.

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