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Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Misconduct Against Ashland County Jail

Dan Romano
March 17, 2017 10:15 PM

A federal civil lawsuit accusing a former correctional officer of forcing an inmate to perform sexual acts has been filed against officials with the Ashland County Jail, including the Ashland County Sheriff.

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In the complaint filed on Feb 27, the 27-year-old female plaintiff alleges that former Ashland County correctional officer Christopher J. Bond forced the plaintiff to perform oral sex acts on him. The complaint says Bond fondled her more than 20 times while being held at the county jail during two separate stays in 2016.

The complaint says Bond performed some of the acts out of the view of security cameras.

The complaint says that after being told of the allegations, Ashland County Sheriff Michael Brennan viewed videotape and noted three suspicious occasions.

The plaintiff alleges the former correctional officer also reached out to her on Facebook in between incarcerations using an alias by the name of A.J. Light.

The plaintiff's attorney Craig Haukaas, says Bond committed suicide just days after the last alleged encounter.

The plaintiff also says, while in jail, she was required to shower in an area where other correctional officers and inmates of both sexes could see her.

The complaint names also names as defendants other employees of the Ashland County Jail and three other officials with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Haukaas says a hearing will be held in Madison with the next 30 days to set ground rules for the case and to set deadlines for disclosure and discovery.

Eyewitness News reached out to Sheriff Brennan and other officials with the Ashland County Jail, but they have not returned not respnded to our requests for comment.


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