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Jackson County jailer accused of sexual relationship with inmate

The woman told investigators she was not forced to be intimate with him, but felt taken...
The woman told investigators she was not forced to be intimate with him, but felt taken advantage of and at one point wondered if he was setting her up.(Jackson County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 4:46 PM CST
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JACKSON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - A Jackson County jailer is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Bret Noltner of Tomah faces four felony counts including sexual assault by correctional staff.

The criminal complaint says Noltner, who is married and has kids, took the female inmate to a cleaning closet out of surveillance camera view several different times.

The woman told investigators she was not forced to be intimate with him, but felt taken advantage of and at one point wondered if he was setting her up. Noltner denied having sex with her, and claimed the inmate is the one who initiated the relationship.

According to a release from the Jackson County Sherriff’s office, Noltner was employed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s office since November of 2021. Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office stepped in to investigate, while Sheriff’s Office Command Staff opened a parallel internal investigation. Noltner was placed on administrative leave immediately. After further review, Noltner’s position with the Sheriff’s office was then terminated.

The Sherriff’s Office says Noltner is being held on two counts of 2nd degree sexual assault and two counts of misconduct in public office.

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