Former corrections officer sentenced to nine months in jail

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — A former Prairie du Chien corrections officer accused of being sexually involved with prisoners will spend nine months in jail for sending an inmate greeting cards and a postal money order.

James Trentin, 60, was sentenced Friday in Crawford County Circuit Court for delivering articles to an inmate and three counts of felony bail jumping, said Vernon County District Attorney Timothy Gaskell, who was special prosecutor in the case. Grant County Circuit Judge Robert Van De Hey presided at the sentencing.
Trentin faced charges in March 2008 after being accused of bribing prisoners for sexual favors. He entered an Alford plea — which maintains innocence but admits evidence is sufficient to be found guilty — to three counts, with all other charges dropped.

He was under court order not to have contact with prisoners when he sent the cards and money order in June 2008, Gaskell said.

A Grant County jury convicted Trentin on the new charges six weeks ago, Gaskell said, even though he continued to maintain his innocence.

“I was glad, at the sentencing, that the judge said there was overwhelming evidence against him,” Gaskell said.

Handwriting and fingerprint experts testified Trentin had sent the items, Gaskell said.

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RCI guard allegedly recruited into gang by inmates

MILWAUKEE — A corrections officer allegedly recruited into a gang by inmates pleaded guilty Thursday to a criminal conspiracy charge brought against him in October.

John Champion, 40, of Oak Creek, was charged with party to the crime of conspiracy to deliver illegal articles to an inmate in October. He pleaded guilty Thursday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court to an amended charge of conspiracy to deliver illegal articles to an inmate.

Champion, who worked at Racine Correctional Institution in Sturtevant, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 3.

According to court documents, Champion allegedly joined the Simon City Royals after meeting an inmate member of the street gang in the spring of 2005. Within months he was going to gang meetings and was invited to participate in them, learn the gang’s prayers and become a member. Continue reading

Corrections officer accused of unlawfully using a Taser on an inmate

GEORGETOWN, SC (WIS) – A Georgetown County Detention Center Correctional Officer stands accused of unlawfully using a Taser on an inmate according to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. 

Officials say 22-year-old Dondiedra Anderson stands charged with assault and battery.
Investigators say they received information from a sheriff’s office employee who witnessed the incident said it occurred on March 24.
Officials say the incident occurred when Anderson entered the cell of a booked inmate who was complaining of a broken toilet. They say after entering the cell, Anderson removed the inmate and that inmate shut the cell door on her.
Authorities say when another corrections officer opened the cell for Anderson, she grabbed the inmate and tased her while she held her.
Anderson was terminated after her actions were deemed unlawful. She turned herself in to authorities and was transported to the Georgetown County Detention Center where she is currently being held awaiting a bond hearing.
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Corrections officer charged with assaults

MILWAUKEE (AP) – An officer at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections has been charged with sexually assaulting two female prisoners in their cells.

The complaint filed Thursday in Circuit Court charges 28-year-old James Howard with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of an inmate by a correctional officer and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.

The inmates told authorities that the assaults happened last Saturday. In both cases, they alleged the officer first approached the cell and slid a suggestive note under the door, then returned a short time later and committed the assault.

Both women are being held while awaiting trial.

A preliminary hearing for Howard is scheduled next Thursday.

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Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates. Continue reading

Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.

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That is the background for what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Wisconsin. Continue reading

Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Deputy Ordered To Stand Trial

Thomas Hutchins Accused Of Shooting Girlfriend, 12-Year-Old Girl

MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department deputy accused of shooting two people, including a 12-year-old, was ordered to stand trial on Friday.

 

Deputy Thomas Hutchins was off-duty last week when police said he shot his girlfriend in the face and then shot a 12-year-old girl at the house where his girlfriend ran for help. Continue reading

Former Corrections Officer Arrested for Giving Items to Inmates

 

Crawford County authorities have arrested a former corrections officer at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution previously accused of giving inmates items in exchange for sexual favors.

James Trentin
James Trentin

 

Prairie du Chien Police arrested 58-year-old James Trentin Tuesday morning. Trentin faces a new felony charge of delivering articles to inmates and three counts of felony bail jumping.

Trentin was arrested in March and faced 22 counts of second-degree sexual assault and 6 counts of delivering articles to inmates earlier this year for allegedly giving inmates tobacco in exchange for oral sex. Those charges were dropped in October in exchange for a plea to three felony counts of delivering articles to inmates.

Investigators in Crawford County and the Wisconsin State Crime Lab were able to analyze a birthday card Trentin allegedly sent to an inmate at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution and trace it to Trentin. During the time the inmate received the cards, Trentin was under court order to not have contact with an inmates at the Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution.

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Officer charged with drunken driving

A corrections officer from the Milwaukee County Jail has been charged with drunken driving after being arrested early Friday morning.

According to a news release from the county sheriff’s office, a deputy with a task force that targets drunken drivers saw the officer driving erratically through the Marquette Interchange shortly after 2 a.m. As the man headed west on I-94, he continued to deviate from lane to lane, almost hitting a median wall near N. 16th St., the release says.

After the deputy pulled the car over, the driver, Chad Recklies, 24, identified himself as a corrections officer, performed poorly during a field sobriety test and registered 0.13 on a breath test, according to the release. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or above is evidence of intoxication in Wisconsin.

Recklies was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, having a prohibited alcohol concentration and deviation from designated lane, the release says.

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House of Correction begins inquiry of staff

The Milwaukee County House of Correction has launched an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations against its staff, officials said Tuesday

Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Mayer confirmed the investigation, but declined to discuss specifics. He declined to say how long the investigation might take or how many staffers had been accused of harassment.

“There were some situations brought to our attention, and we treat each case seriously,” Mayer said.

A private attorney hired by the county to help in the investigation has attempted to interview House of Correction staff about harassment claims. But the correctional officers union has objected to those sessions, saying a union representative must be present, said Kevin Schoofs, president of the union local. That demand prevented scheduled interviews of two staffers, he said.

District Attorney John Chisholm said his separate criminal investigation regarding sexual harassment claims against House of Correction staff is continuing. It began earlier this year.

The county’s internal investigation comes within weeks of a disciplinary action taken against Lt. Carlos Torres, a 16-year veteran of the Franklin lockup.

Torres, 55, is accused of forcing a female officer to touch him indecently, according to formal disciplinary charges issued Sept. 9. He has been suspended indefinitely without pay, and House of Correction Superintendent Ron Malone is recommending that Torres be fired.

A hearing on the charge against Torres before the county Personnel Review Board has been scheduled for January. Torres denies the allegations and will fight to get his job back, said Brigid Boyle, Torres’ lawyer.

The harassment investigation follows a scathing federal audit released this year that describes the House of Correction as dysfunctional, with serious staff morale and security problems.

The report by the National Institute of Corrections notes instances of “well-known, long-term romantic relationships among some members of the (House of Correction) work force, and that includes supervisors and managers.”

Those relationships have led to complaints of favoritism and bias and caused trouble “with the orderly running of the operation,” the report says.

In his 2009 budget, County Executive Scott Walker has proposed shifting oversight of the House of Correction to Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr.

source: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=801210

Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.

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That is the background for what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Wisconsin.

On Thursday morning 39-year-old Christine Roberge, a former sergeant and 9-year prison veteran, and 29-year-old Heather Bartosch, who guarded inmates at Oakhill for seven years, will make initial court appearances on the sexual assault charges.

At the time of the alleged incidents last year both women were married — Bartosch to a Fitchburg police detective.

A letter from the inmate that was found by Roberge’s husband initiated the prison probe.

At first, the warden called the Fitchburg Police Department since Oakhill is in that jurisdiction. But Fitchburg couldn’t investigate because one suspect was married to a staff member.

So the county investigated and found the inmate seduced the guards at different times into having sexual relations in secluded areas of the prison.

According to the complaint, one guard became concerned when he could not find Roberge, who had left her post. He saw her coming out of a towel room with a prisoner.

The other guard was concerned for his own safety, as well as the safety of other correctional officers because he was unsure of what lengths either of them might go to keep it quiet, WISC-TV reported.

Bartosch said she became smitten with an inmate and even bought him gifts.

“I crossed the line. I knew it. It scared me,” she said. “I let myself get comfortable with someone I shouldn’t have.”

News 3 is not identifying the prisoner since he is a sexual assault victim.

The complaint also alleges that Roberge may have had a physical relationship with a second inmate, and wrote dirty letters to a third.

However, she is charged with just one count of second-degree sexual assault, as is Bartosch, which is a 40-year felony.

A correction’s spokesman told News 3 that policies and procedures at Oakhill are now under review.

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Stanley prison doctor accused of assaulting inmates

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) – A former physician at the Stanley Correctional Institution is accused of having sexual contact with inmates during physical exams.

Brian Bohlmann of Madison is charged in Chippewa County with six counts of sexual assault.

A criminal complaint says that in one case last September, the 46-year-old doctor treated a 25-year-old male inmate for a back problem, but concentrated the exam on the patient’s genital and rectal areas.

The complaint says after the exam, Bohlmann told the inmate to keep things between them, or they could get in trouble.

Investigators say Bohlmann claims the exams were medically appropriate.

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Probe under way after inmate event questioned

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – An investigation is under way after five Wisconsin correctional officers took inmates from a boot camp for alcoholics and drug addicts to an event where alcohol was served.

The probe began after a drug treatment counselor complained that allowing the inmates to get near alcohol was a setback to their treatment. Counselor Mark Nelson of Prairie Farm alleges he was pushed out of his job after he filed his complaint, though a Department of Corrections spokesman denies any retaliation.

The inmates were taken to hear a motivational speaker June 17th.

Officials at the St. Croix Correctional Center approved the jaunt for the inmates, saying they were closely supervised and couldn’t get alcohol.

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Guard Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 6 Inmates

Ex-Correctional Officer Faces 17 Counts Of Second-Degree Sexual Assault

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — New charges accuse an officer at Taycheedah Correctional Institution of sexually assaulting a sixth inmate at the women’s prison.

 

Jimmie Brown, 36, of Oshkosh, faces 17 counts of second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff after four more charges were filed this week.

 

Authorities said a detective spoke with the sixth inmate after 13 original charges involving five inmates were filed in April.

 

The criminal complaint alleges Brown raped one inmate and had consensual sex with the others at the prison while employed as a correctional officer between May 2007 and April 2008.

 

Brown’s lawyer William Meyer entered not guilty pleas on all the charges on Wednesday. He said there’s no physical evidence he knows of, just verbal accusations.

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Prison officer accused of having sex with inmate

PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) – A corrections officer at the Columbia Correctional Institution is accused of having sex with an inmate and giving him snacks and magazines.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department says the 45-year-old Portage woman is likely to be charged with multiple felony counts of second-degree sexual assault of an inmate, delivery of articles to inmates and misconduct in public office.

Detective Sgt. Daniel Garrigan says the accusations came to light after the department did an internal investigation on the woman last fall for a policy violation.

He says the investigation showed she had sexual contact with an inmate at CCI and at Waupun Correctional Institution.

The Department of Corrections says the woman is on administrative leave. Online court records show formal charges have not yet been filed.

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Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.

Watch The Report

That is the background for what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Wisconsin.

On Thursday morning 39-year-old Christine Roberge, a former sergeant and 9-year prison veteran, and 29-year-old Heather Bartosch, who guarded inmates at Oakhill for seven years, will make initial court appearances on the sexual assault charges.

At the time of the alleged incidents last year both women were married — Bartosch to a Fitchburg police detective.

A letter from the inmate that was found by Roberge’s husband initiated the prison probe.

At first, the warden called the Fitchburg Police Department since Oakhill is in that jurisdiction. But Fitchburg couldn’t investigate because one suspect was married to a staff member.

So the county investigated and found the inmate seduced the guards at different times into having sexual relations in secluded areas of the prison.

According to the complaint, one guard became concerned when he could not find Roberge, who had left her post. He saw her coming out of a towel room with a prisoner.

The other guard was concerned for his own safety, as well as the safety of other correctional officers because he was unsure of what lengths either of them might go to keep it quiet, WISC-TV reported.

Bartosch said she became smitten with an inmate and even bought him gifts.

“I crossed the line. I knew it. It scared me,” she said. “I let myself get comfortable with someone I shouldn’t have.”

News 3 is not identifying the prisoner since he is a sexual assault victim.

The complaint also alleges that Roberge may have had a physical relationship with a second inmate, and wrote dirty letters to a third.

However, she is charged with just one count of second-degree sexual assault, as is Bartosch, which is a 40-year felony.

A correction’s spokesman told News 3 that policies and procedures at Oakhill are now under review.

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Inmate Files Federal Lawsuit Against Former Racine Deputy

RACINE, Wis. — A former Racine County sheriff’s deputy is being sued in federal court by a jail inmate that he’s accused of abusing.

 Daryise Earl, 24, is seeking more than $250,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.

 The case was filed in December but U.S. Marshals haven’t been able to find the former deputy, 32-year-old Alfred George.

 George pleaded guilty in 2005 to state charges stemming from the incident, including misconduct in office.

 Prosecutors said Earl and another inmate had taunted George, who responded in part by using pepper spray on them three times in an eight-hour period.

Chief Deputy William Gabbey said at the time, an internal investigation found no justification for George to use the spray.

 George resigned two weeks after the incident.

source: http://www.channel3000.com/news/16453927/detail.html

Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.

Watch The Report

That is the background for what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Wisconsin.

On Thursday morning 39-year-old Christine Roberge, a former sergeant and 9-year prison veteran, and 29-year-old Heather Bartosch, who guarded inmates at Oakhill for seven years, will make initial court appearances on the sexual assault charges.

At the time of the alleged incidents last year both women were married — Bartosch to a Fitchburg police detective.

A letter from the inmate that was found by Roberge’s husband initiated the prison probe.

At first, the warden called the Fitchburg Police Department since Oakhill is in that jurisdiction. But Fitchburg couldn’t investigate because one suspect was married to a staff member.

So the county investigated and found the inmate seduced the guards at different times into having sexual relations in secluded areas of the prison.

According to the complaint, one guard became concerned when he could not find Roberge, who had left her post. He saw her coming out of a towel room with a prisoner.

The other guard was concerned for his own safety, as well as the safety of other correctional officers because he was unsure of what lengths either of them might go to keep it quiet, WISC-TV reported.

Bartosch said she became smitten with an inmate and even bought him gifts.

“I crossed the line. I knew it. It scared me,” she said. “I let myself get comfortable with someone I shouldn’t have.”

News 3 is not identifying the prisoner since he is a sexual assault victim.

The complaint also alleges that Roberge may have had a physical relationship with a second inmate, and wrote dirty letters to a third.

However, she is charged with just one count of second-degree sexual assault, as is Bartosch, which is a 40-year felony.

A correction’s spokesman told News 3 that policies and procedures at Oakhill are now under review.

source: http://www.officer.com/web/online/Top-News-Stories/Wisconsin-Female-Prison-Guards-Face-Sexual-Assault-Charges/1$29723

Jail Video Released From Day Of Heino’s Death

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WFRV) – Surveillance video released from the Outagamie County Jail shows the last days of Curtis Heino’s life.

Heino died of complications from pneumonia in January while serving time at the jail. He had been treated for a cold by the jail nurse in the days before his death.

The video shows Heino laying on a cot and having to steady himself while walking by leaning on a wall.

Heino’s family believes jail staff ignored their pleas to help him and say they plan to file a lawsuit. 

An investigation cleared jail officers of criminal negligence in Heino’s death. A second investigation is now being conducted into Heino’s treatment by the medical staff at the jail.

 

Wisconsin Female Prison Guards Face Sexual Assault Charges

Two former female Oakhill prison guards are being charged with second-dagree sexual assault, even though they say the so-called victim — a prisoner — seduced them.

A year and a half ago, Correction’s Secretary Matt Frank said he would enforce a “zero tolerance” policy for sexual contact between prison staff and inmates.

Watch The Report

That is the background for what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Wisconsin.

On Thursday morning 39-year-old Christine Roberge, a former sergeant and 9-year prison veteran, and 29-year-old Heather Bartosch, who guarded inmates at Oakhill for seven years, will make initial court appearances on the sexual assault charges.

At the time of the alleged incidents last year both women were married — Bartosch to a Fitchburg police detective.

A letter from the inmate that was found by Roberge’s husband initiated the prison probe.

At first, the warden called the Fitchburg Police Department since Oakhill is in that jurisdiction. But Fitchburg couldn’t investigate because one suspect was married to a staff member.

So the county investigated and found the inmate seduced the guards at different times into having sexual relations in secluded areas of the prison.

According to the complaint, one guard became concerned when he could not find Roberge, who had left her post. He saw her coming out of a towel room with a prisoner.

The other guard was concerned for his own safety, as well as the safety of other correctional officers because he was unsure of what lengths either of them might go to keep it quiet, WISC-TV reported.

Bartosch said she became smitten with an inmate and even bought him gifts.

“I crossed the line. I knew it. It scared me,” she said. “I let myself get comfortable with someone I shouldn’t have.”

News 3 is not identifying the prisoner since he is a sexual assault victim.

The complaint also alleges that Roberge may have had a physical relationship with a second inmate, and wrote dirty letters to a third.

However, she is charged with just one count of second-degree sexual assault, as is Bartosch, which is a 40-year felony.

A correction’s spokesman told News 3 that policies and procedures at Oakhill are now under review.

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