Alleged incident happened in the basement of an Oconomowoc bar


The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office will not file charges in an investigation related to allegations that an off-duty village of Summit police officer sexually assaulted a woman while she was working in the basement of an Oconomowoc bar.

The officer resigned from the force in February.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Thurston said Monday, April 10, that after reviewing the case and learning of the officer's resignation from the police force, the proper resolution was not to file charges.

The alleged incident occurred the night of Dec. 16, according to records obtained from the village of Summit Police Department through an open-records request.

The names of the bar and the woman were redacted from the police report, and the officer's name was not published because he was not charged with a crime.

The woman approached the city of Oconomowoc Police Department either Dec. 17 or 18 to tell them what had happened, according to Summit police records.

The incident began between 7 and 7:30 p.m. when the woman was asked by a coworker to go to the basement to get a bottle of vodka, the report said. After getting the bottle, she turned around to find the officer, who was dressed in civilian clothes, next to her, according to the report.

She recognized him as the "creepy cop" who was a regular at the bar, according to the report. The two shared only a bartender/customer relationship for two years, the report said.

The woman said the man took the bottle from her, set it on the ground and picked her up and pushed her against an ice machine. She said he kissed her on the lips and neck, ignoring her requests that he stop, the report said. He allegedly did this at least three times, according to the report.

When the woman tried to push past the off-duty officer, she said, he blocked her way before eventually letting her return upstairs.

During her first police visit, the woman said she did not want to pursue charges but wanted the incident documented.

Speaking later with a Summit officer and an officer from the village of Hartland, the woman said she was afraid to pursue charges because she thought it would result in "a cop try(ing) to protect another cop."

On Dec. 21, the case was turned over to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department detective bureau. The records were unclear about how the case went from the sheriff's office to the district attorney.

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