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Reports: Sexual conduct in public led to local police chief’s resignation

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

OWEN, Wis. (WEAU) – New details are emerging as to what led a local police chief to turn in his badge.

Randy Poirier resigned as the Police Chief for the city of Owen one month ago.

His resignation came after an extensive investigation into allegations of off-duty misconduct, some of it sexual and in public.

More than 100 pages of documents were obtained by WEAU 13 News through an open records request.

The reports show the trouble for Police Chief Randy Poirier started Sept. 8 when he was off-duty at the Indian Summer Fest in Owen.

Eyewitness accounts say Poirier was drinking in a downtown bar when he started kissing and touching a woman who was not his wife.

Witnesses say the pair soon spilled out onto the street, went between two buildings and continued their sexual behavior in front of people attending the street festival.

Multiple high school students say this all happened right in front of them.

The city soon got complaints from people saying they couldn't believe their Police Chief would act like this.

The Marshfield Police Department was then contacted to launch an investigation to see if Poirier broke conduct rules or the law.

Here’s part of an interview with Poirier an investigator conducted.

Investigator: “Was any kissing going on at the Woodland Bar?”

Poirier: “No”.

Investigator: “Not even on the neck of anything like that?”

Poirier: “I don’t recall.”

He admitted some of the behavior but said most of the close contact was to keep the woman from falling down.

Investigator: “Were you rubbing up against her?”

Poirier: “I don’t know if I was rubbing against her. I was holding her up because she was very intoxicated. She was having a hard time standing up.”

The chief admitted to driving home drunk the night of the festival and said he's done it before.

Two people from the area reported feeling threatened by Poirier, fearing he would unjustly pull them over for questioning his behavior.

The top cop was put on administrative leave Oct 11.

Computers in his patrol car and office were then searched.

The reports indicate investigators found pornography and illegally downloaded music.

But they couldn't get far because his desk top was locked with encryption software, blocking some files from being seen.

So where does this go from here?

Poirier resigned Nov 1.

The Marshfield Police Chief told WEAU the investigation is complete and he doesn’t anticipate any criminal charges.

Messages for Poirier and the Mayor of Owen were not returned.


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