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UPDATE: Former Outagamie County HR director facing federal child porn charge

Outagamie County
Posted at 10:35 AM, Feb 21, 2024

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MADISON (NBC 26) — Former Outagamie County human resources director Adam Westbrook is facing a federal child porn charge.

The U.S. District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin said in a news release Thursday a grand jury indicted the 34-year-old Neenah man with distributing a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

"The indictment charges that Westbrook used Snapchat to distribute two videos of Minor A engaged in sexually explicit conduct on or about January 27, 2024," the release said.

Westbrook made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday morning. He pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said Westbrook could spend up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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APPLETON (NBC 26) — Federal prosecutors have taken over a case involving child pornography charges against a former Outagamie County human resources director.

According to Sauk County officials, the U.S. Marshal service issued an arrest warrant and federal charges for Adam Westbrook.

The U.S. District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin will be handling the case.

On Wednesday, Westbrook was scheduled to make his initial appearance in Sauk County Court before federal officials took over.

In the criminal complaint, Adam Westbrook of Neenah is charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a child and four counts of possession of child pornography.

The former Outagamie County human resources director filmed child pornography in a Wisconsin Dells hotel room, according to prosecutors.

Investigators said he took videos of a naked child in late January during a trip to the Dells. He also sent videos to another man using Snapchat, according to the complaint.

Westbrook was arrested and booked into the Sauk County Jail early on Feb. 16, according to the Sauk County Sheriff's Office.

The Outagamie County Executive Office said in a statement that Westbrook resigned on Feb. 17 and is no longer associated with the county.

We also learned Westbrook was involved in some local schools.

The Menasha superintendent confirmed that Westbrook was a co-curricular advisor for the Menasha High School musical. Superintendent Matt Zimmerman said they’re shocked by the charges.

In Kaukauna, superintendent Mike Slowinski confirmed Westbrook was an assistant director for the River View Middle School musical this year.

Both superintendents say he is no longer involved with the districts.