Former corrections officer reaches plea deal in inmate-sex case

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The 40-year-old former Marathon County Jail corrections officer accused of having sexual contact with an inmate in June 2015 will spend 90 days in jail after agreeing to the terms of a plea deal.

Jennifer Kowalski agreed to a deferred judgment agreement -- meaning she must stay out of trouble for three years or she could be re-sentenced.

According to a news release from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, Kowalski began her employment with the sheriff's department in October 2006. She remained employed by the department until Oct. 29, 2015.

According to court documents, an investigation began after another inmate suspected inappropriate contact between Kowalski and an inmate. The inmate that reported the alleged misconduct told investigators he had read a "love letter" Kowalski had given the inmate and had overheard conversations that were sexual in nature.

An outside police department investigated the case and had reviewed recorded conversations between the inmate and Kowalski that referenced previous physical contact.

Both Kowalski and the inmate stated no wrongdoing had occurred while she was employed by the sheriff's department.