April 20, 2013 (links updated November 11, 2018)
*UPDATED May 29, 2013: Convicted child pornography dealer William Talley, the man John Wertsching steadfastly defended in his blogs and on Twitter (see below) knowing he was a pedophile, was sentenced today to one-year in prison by Davidson County (TN) judge Monte Watkins. The sentencing report and testimony by the district attorney was quite disturbing.
Matt Osborne, who attended the trial, gave a play-by-play of the entire hearing. Detective Chad Gish of the Nashville Police Department, testified of the videos Talley had in his possession: “These videos were so reprehensible. A three year old girl screaming while she was being raped.” Talley argued that his Twitter account does good in the community so he should get a lighter sentence. Talley was also sentenced to eight years probation and has to register as a sex offender. In other words, he got off easy.
Wertsching went to great lengths to protect Talley. He revealed private information on Twitter about a woman, Trina Cuppett, who he formerly worked with, because she refused to support the pedophile. Cuppett has children and received some disturbing tweets from Talley referencing her family, as a result of Wertsching giving him information about her.
One of our Twitter feeds was very active yesterday after a user pointed out to us that Maricopa County employee John Wertsching, who goes by the name @azmoderate (“Uncle John”) on Twitter, had wrote a blog defending a man named William Talley, who was convicted of distributing child pornography.
Wertsching’s name was immediately recognizable by Operation Nation because he was the county employee who illegally seized a tape recording device from our Editor-in-Chief Brian Wilkins back in March 2009. The recordings were of Wertsching threatening to unilaterally send Brian “to prison” for recording all conversations between them (note: Arizona is a one-party notification state, thus the recordings were legal). The conversations included Wertsching telling Wilkins “I own you” and “I make the laws for you.”
If you want more information on the entire Wilkins saga, read the “55 Days In Maricopa County Jail” blog series.
Wertsching became very upset and defensive about his job security yesterday after another Twitter user exposed his real identity. Wertsching had been anonymously bashing, inter alia, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his blog azmoderate.com during the entire 2012 campaign season. Wertsching felt the need to explain himself (aka damage control) after his identity was revealed, in a blog post dated April 19 entitled, “Time To Let All Know The Truth.” He has since deleted the post, but the Google cache still has it, along with our screenshots.
The rest of the blog post is available to anyone who asks for it (or just do Google cache search).
Wertsching, seemingly trying to be pro-active knowing he’s using taxpayer time to get in Twitter fights and conveying political ideologies, also removed this post about Arpaio. Ironically, Wertsching boasts in the blog about Arpaio having too big of an ego and, basically, being too stupid to find out his true identity.
The rest of this blog post is also available upon request (or in Google cache searches).
UPDATED 4/22/2013: Some Twitter posts from Wertsching and his associates. Some of it is Brian Wilkins bashing and cop-sucking; but most of it is more attacks on Joe Arpaio. Wertsching admits (above) he is not allowed to talk about politics on social media as a condition of employment with Maricopa County.
Wertsching caught the attention of several anti-pedophile Twitter users for defending a convicted child pornography dealer on his blog. The offending post is this one, entitled, “When Is Cyber-Bullying Useful.” The blog has since been thoroughly redacted and edited since Wertsching’s real identity was exposed. (note: post has since been removed by Wertsching, but here it is plus the comments via the Wayback Machine)
The kiddie-porner William “Bill” Tally was a former board member for liberal political group UniteBlue. He was charged with distribution of child pornography and cocaine in 2005 and subsequently convicted. Talley will be sentenced for the crimes in late May. Wertsching claims to be born-again liberal after being part of the “AZ GOP for 33 yrs” until “the tea party theft of the party drove me left.” He appears to be a supporter of UniteBlue, and before the blog was edited, also was supportive of Tally.
The bottom line is Wertsching is a scared, hypocritical child who hides behind a government position and a formerly anonymous blog to rant about people. He preaches justice and fairness in his “rants,” yet violates people’s Constitutional rights under color of state law (in his world, known as “bullying”), then refers to said individuals as “former defendants” and “felons” to gain the support of his friends and random cop-suckers. Wertsching would never say anything to anyone face, because, like cops, he’s nothing but a little boy without his little badge and title.
Whether Wertsching is Republican or Democrat; kiddie-porn supporter or not; he’s wasting the public’s tax dollars getting in Twitter fights, campaigning for candidates he likes, and posing as a fighter of justice when he’s nothing but a cog in the machine. We expect no action from the County because this is business as usual in this state.
*UPDATE May 6, 2013: Wertsching started a new Twitter account today under his real name @johnwertsching. The first three Tweets are links to three personal profiles of his on the Internet: Tumbler, VisualCV and Lookup Page. The new profile also has a link to a Viadeo profile and he even has a new WordPress blog. These are obvious SEO moves by Wertsching, now that a simple Google or Bing search of his name brings up the truth about him. Wertsching believes all the new profiles/web presences will ultimately push the truth down in search results and move his stuff up. We’ll continue updating as necessary.