Eau Claire woman pleads guilty to helping juveniles escape from Eau Claire Academy

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)— An Eau Claire woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of interfering with custody- beyond visitation after helping juveniles escape from the Eau Claire Academy.

Eau Claire Court documents show Ashlynn Alsteen pleaded guilty Monday to both counts. The court says a deferred prosecution agreement was made.

The original criminal complaint shows juveniles at the Academy, a residential treatment facility for troubled youth, told investigators that Alsteen planned to help them escape. Alsteen was alleged to harboring them for a night before taking them to Superior.

Alsteen’s deferred prosecution agreement hearing is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2023.