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UPDATE: Former deputy charged with sex crimes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have accused a former Dane County deputy of having an affair with a jail inmate and possessing multiple images of child pornography.

Deputy Jeffrey Hilgers

UPDATED Thursday, August 7, 2014 --- 2:10 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have accused a former Dane County deputy of having an affair with a jail inmate and possessing multiple images of child pornography.

Forty-two-year-old Jeffrey Hilgers was charged Thursday with second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff and seven counts of possessing child pornography. All the charges are felonies.

According to a criminal complaint, Hilgers was assigned to the jail when he met the inmate, identified only by her initials AKC. He began a sexual relationship with her in the spring of 2013 while she was out on electronic monitoring. Investigators looking into their relationship discovered multiple images of child pornography on Hilgers' computers.

Hilgers resigned from the sheriff's department in August 2013. He made an initial court appearance Thursday and was released on a signature bond.

His attorney declined comment.

Copyright Associated Press 2014


UPDATED Thursday, August 7, 2014 -- 10:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. --- The Dane County deputy who has been investigated for an inappropriate relationship has been charged and has resigned his job with Dane County.

Jeffrey Hilgers had faced an administrative hearing with Dane County in August 2013. Instead he resigned.

The Dane County District Attorney's Office is preparing charges against Hilgers.

Note: Story has been corrected to indicate Hilgers faced hearing in August 2013, not August 2014.


UPDATED Friday, June 7, 2013 --- 4:03 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Dane County sheriff has asked the district attorney to consider charges against a deputy accused of having a relationship with a woman in a jail diversion program.

Sheriff Dave Mahoney says the 41-year-old deputy was placed on paid leave May 30, the day after the sheriff's office learned of the alleged relationship.

The 42-year-old woman wore an electronic home monitoring bracelet. Mahoney says the woman told a counselor and her probation agent about the relationship.

The deputy has not been arrested. His attorney tells the Wisconsin State Journal ( ) he had not seen a search warrant filed Thursday and could not immediately comment.

The deputy has been with the sheriff's office for about 15 years and was assigned to work in the jail.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Friday, June 7, 2013 --- 3:10 p.m.

The Dane Co. Sheriff's Office says a deputy could face charges over a potential relationship with an inmate.

The deputy is currently on administrative leave.

A department supervisor found out about the possible relationship between Deputy Jeffrey Hilgers and an inmate of the Dane Co. Sheriff's Electronic Monitoring Program on May 29th.

Authorities interviewed the female inmate. She reportedly said she was in an intimate relationship with the deputy.

Investigators say Hilgers and the inmate met while she was at the Dane Co. Jail in 2012. They exchanged e-mail and phone numbers.

In April 2013, the inmate says she saw Hilgers while she was out grocery shopping as part of the electronic monitoring program. She approached him and the two began a relationship.

Right now the woman is restricted to her residence, and wears a bracelet monitoring device.

The Dane Co. District Attorney is reviewing the investigation for potential charges, which could include Second Degree Sexual Assault.

In a release, Sheriff David Mahoney says “it is absolutely unacceptable for a deputy to take advantage of the power and control relationship and develop an intimate relationship with an inmate”.

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