Former deputy facing sexual assault charges

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

The Sawyer County Sheriff's Department says a former deputy now faces sexual assault charges.

The criminal complaint shows two women say he told them to have sex with him or they would get in trouble. Court records show 59-year-old Robert Whyte from Hayward is charged with four felonies, including two counts of 3rd degree sexual assault and two counts of misconduct in office.

The sheriff's department says the assaults were reported in August of 2008. The department put the 15 year veteran on administrative leave during the investigation. Whyte has not worked for the sheriff's department since December 2008.

Court records show Whyte was in uniform when he had sex with the women. One woman told investigators he said he would get her license revoked and she would lose her child if she didn't have sex with him. The other woman says Whyte responded to a break-in at her house and after finding drug paraphernalia, said she could go to jail or have sex with him.

The Barron County District Attorney's Office is handling the case.


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  • by maynard Location: chip.falls on Jan 9, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    you think this only happens to people who wear uniforms,,,,, boy you sure are wrong look at the legislation branch of offices, governors, and the enertainment world.
  • by Brian Location: Chippewa on Jan 9, 2010 at 07:56 AM
    You are all right except for one thing. He hasn't been convicted yet. Being accused is not the same as being convicted.
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      by Julie on Nov 3, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to Brian
      Actually, he was convicted and recieved maximum penalty.
  • by Terry Location: altoona on Jan 8, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    Research shows that police commit more sexual assaults and acts of domestic violence then any other occupation in America. THis is in part because they know how to get away with it. They are sworn to uphold the law and are in fact violating the laws they swear to uphold. They should get at least double the penalty because it's a violation of public trust, their position, their oath and the laws.
  • by 0 Tolerance Location: Eau Claire on Jan 8, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    This disgusting man needs to be the poster slug for ZERO tolerance anywhere. Has anyone seen the sex offender registry on line? It's unbelievable! There are hundreds just in Eau Claire alone!!!! Something must be done to stop this sick behavior! Putting them all on billboards with the statement; "Wisconsin doesn't put up with sex offenders! ZERO Tolerance means Prison!"
  • by Kate on Jan 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM
    Just as criminals can receive enhanced sentences for committing crimes AGAINST peace officers, IMHO, this dirtbag should be given an enhanced sentence BECAUSE he's a peace officer. He took an oath "to serve and protect" and he betrayed that oath in a most disgusting way. Citizens should be able to put their complete trust in police officers. I, too, would like to thank all of the upstanding police officers who really do protect us.
  • by Anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Jan 8, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    I agree with that statement, some officers think that they are above the law and that they can do anything they want. I would like to thank all the police officers out there that are by the book and risk their lives for us everyday.
  • by annie Location: hayward on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:17 PM
    how many other women will now have the courage to come forward with similar stories?
  • by concerned Location: Stanley on Jan 7, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    This is a prime example of how SOME officers, because they have a uniform on think they can do anything they want legal or not. This person should be charged to the fullest extent of the law.
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