|From left to right: Tim Russell, Scott|
Walker and Brian Pierick
Pierick was originally charged with one count of child enticement (exposing himself to the child) and one count of exposing genitalia (getting the kid to expose himself for Pierick's sexual gratification).
In the plea deal, they amended the first charge to one charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and the other charge was dropped completely.
In exchange, Pierick pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. The plea deal also includes 50 hours of community service. The prosecutor will be recommending a fine of up to $10,000.
The charges against Pierick stemmed from the ongoing investigation into the illegal campaigning and other crimes committed by Scott Walker and his staff from both the county and his campaign. The text messages and pictures were found on a phone jointly owned by Pierick and his domestic and business partner, Tim Russell. Russell was just sentenced to two years in prison and five years extended supervision for embezzling money from a veterans fund.
Pierick's relation to Scott Walker was not as strong or as direct as the other people thus far arrested, charged and convicted. However, he was a campaign aid for Walker and was eventually placed in the DPI due to Walker's influences.
Don't think for a minute that Walkergate or its effect will end when Pierick is sentenced on February 14.
Not only will there be more charges coming against more of the malefactors, but those who have already been convicted will still have their stench on things to come.