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Kewaskum Police Officer Arrested

A 34-year-old Kewaskum Police Officer has been arrested for his alleged involvement regarding inappropriate conduct toward an 18-year-old female student while the officer was assigned as the School Resource Officer. The female’s parents reported this concern on Friday, April 5th, 2024. After being notified, Police Chief Thomas Bishop immediately initiated an internal investigation. To maintain transparency and impartiality, the Chief requested the West Bend Police Department conduct the independent investigation based upon mutual assistance.

The initial investigation revealed inappropriate conduct towards the female student. The officer was arrested the evening of Friday, April 5th, 2024, and remains in custody at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He is being held on felony charges of Sexual Misconduct by School Staff - 948.098(2) and Misconduct in Public Office – 946.12(2).

Police Chief Thomas Bishop said of the incident, “We hold our officers to the highest moral and ethical standards. To say these allegations are a shock would be an understatement. As a parent and your police chief I am saddened and angered. This officer betrayed the trust of the Kewaskum Police Department, the Kewaskum School District, and most importantly, the community our officers take an oath to serve with professionalism, integrity and respect.”

The officer will be placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a formal employment discipline process upon his release from jail. At this time there is no evidence to suspect there are any other victims.

In an effort to maintain the integrity of the investigation, no further details about the case will be released at this time.