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Milwaukee County Courts employee accused of twice choking 11-year-old girl in his care

Posted at 11:59 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 20:43:45-04

MILWAUKEE — An employee with the Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court has been accused of choking an 11-year-old girl on two separate occasions.

Police say 49-year-old Tomara Pulliam is facing two charges of strangulation and suffocation.

In a criminal complaint, the 11-year-old reported that Pulliam had choked her on January 1 and April 4.

In the January 1 incident, the girl reported that Pulliam was upset that she had not cleaned up immediately after he asked her to and started choking her. The girl says she started to feel pain in her neck and could barely breathe, according to court documents.

On April 4, the criminal complaint says the girl was crying in school because Pulliam tried to choke her again. In this case, the girl says Pulliam was mad because she hadn't completed her homework. She tried to show him that she had completed her homework, but according to court documents, that's when she described Pulliam squeezing her neck with both hands. She said she "felt as if she couldn't breathe" and that the squeezing caused "pain to go through her body." She said she felt scared after the incident.

Pulliam is the Deputy Division Administrator in the Probate Division of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. He remains an employee at the courthouse, as he has yet to be convicted of a crime.