Former deputy charged with sexual assault

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Prosecutors have accused a former Dane County deputy of sexually assaulting a jail inmate and keeping child pornography on his home computers.

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.