By Sandy Cullen
The Wisconsin State Journal
DANE COUNTY, Wis. — A Dane County Sheriff's deputy who was accused in June of having a sexual relationship with a woman in a jail diversion program has resigned, but District Attorney Ismael Ozanne has not yet made a decision on whether to file a criminal charge against him.
Jeffrey C. Hilgers, 41, resigned as a deputy on Aug. 14, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Elise Schaffer.
Hilgers was placed on paid leave May 30, the day after the sheriff's office learned that the 42-year-old woman, who was in the Pathfinders drug and alcohol treatment program and on electronic monitoring, told a counselor and her probation agent about the relationship.
Sheriff Dave Mahoney asked Ozanne to consider charging Hilgers with second-degree sexual assault.
Mahoney said "unequivocally, it is not appropriate" for deputies to have intimate relationships with individuals in a jail diversion program, because they are still under the supervision of the Sheriff's Office.
In addition to violating department policy, Mahoney said he believes it is a violation of state law, which prohibits a correctional officer from having sexual contact with an inmate regardless of consent. The diversion program is an extension of the jail, and participants are still considered inmates, he said.
Ozanne said the case still is under review.
He said his office had been waiting for additional information that now has been received. "We can now take a look and make a decision," Ozanne said.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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