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High court grants ex-teacher’s request for license revocation

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has granted a license-revocation request submitted by a man who was convicted of possessing child pornography and also once worked as a high school teacher.

Michael Switalski earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and was admitted to practice law in the state in 1988. His license is inactive, according to the State Bar, and he is not currently practicing law. He was also previously a teacher and coach at Newman Catholic High School in Wausau.

In 2014, Switalski was accused of having nearly 100 photos and 12 DVDs containing sexually explicit images of boys. According to a criminal complaint, Switalski was one of hundreds of customers who bought the material from a Toronto company that was raided in 2012.

In March, Switalski pleaded guilty to 10 felony counts of possessing child pornography, for which he is serving time in prison.  In June, he was sentenced to ten three-year prison terms, with each term followed by five years of extended supervision.

Switalski filed his petition to the court in August, stating that he was under investigation by the Office of Lawyer Regulation for possessing child pornography and cannot successfully defend himself against the misconduct alleged by the OLR. The OLR filed a recommendation that Switalski’s petition be granted.

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Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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