It’s been over a week since Eric Toney first challenged Josh Kaul on UPFRONT to refute the claims on the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) referral backlog and Kaul has yet to respond. What is he hiding?
THE ULTIMATE QUESTION THAT THE MEDIA NEEDS TO ASK JOSH KAUL REQUIRES A ‘YES’ OR ‘NO’ ANSWER: At any point this year, did Kaul’s DOJ have a backlog of over 1,000 ICAC referrals that were unassigned for investigation? It’s a yes or no answer that Josh Kaul refuses to give. Did Kaul’s failure leave child sex predators free to roam our streets?
- Thursday, October 13th: DA Toney submitted a public records request on the 1,000+ case backlog on internet child sex predator cases.
- Thursday, October 13th: Kaul did not refute the backlog in the UPFRONT debate when challenged by DA Toney. (NOTE: The debate was pre-taped on Thursday, October 13th and aired on Sunday, October 16th.)
- Tuesday, October 18th: Second public records request submitted regarding the departure of the ICAC Task Force Commander.
- Wednesday, October 19th: DOJ Spokeswoman Gillian Drummond did not refute the backlog when asked by WisPolitics.
Eric Toney stated:
“Based on information I’ve received from current and retired DCI personnel, as recent as September of this year, Josh Kaul failed to provide proper resources to DCI resulting in a backlog of over 1,000 ICAC referrals – likely leaving child predators free to roam our streets and putting children at risk. Josh Kaul hasn’t denied the backlog. I demand Josh Kaul answers ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Families deserve this answer from our Attorney General.”
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
- “Viewed” and “reviewed” do NOT mean the referrals have been “assigned” and “investigated” so that these child sex predators can actually be stopped.
- Kaul’s team appears to be playing word games with the public. “Viewed” doesn’t mean assigned and/or investigated.
- Kaul’s DOJ says that these ICAC referrals have been “viewed” but refuses to answer the questions:
- When were the ICAC referrals received?
- Have the referrals been assigned to an agent or law enforcement agency to investigate?
- When have the referrals been assigned to an agent or law enforcement agency to investigate?
- Have the referrals actually been investigated and worked?