Wisconsin Police Officer Gets More Than 100 Years For Child Sexual Assault

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – A former emergency medical technician and police officer was sentenced Thursday to 120 years in prison and 60 years of extended supervision for the repeated sexual assault of children.

The victims’ mother testified that Jacob M. Swiedarke caused so much damage to her children it “breaks me every day.”

Swiedarke, 32, pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to three counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13.

He had been an emergency medical technician for Spirit Ambulance in Weston, operated by Ascension Wisconsin.

Ascension Wisconsin spokesman Tom Weaver said Swiedarke was suspended from his job at the time the first charges were filed. He was fired from the job at the time of his conviction, Weaver said. None of the charges was connected to Swiedarke’s job either as an EMT or previously as a town of Rome police officer.

Defense attorney Gregory Jerabek began the sentencing hearing Thursday by questioning Dr. Michael Nelson about a psychiatric exam he conducted on Swiedarke. Nelson said, based on his observations, the defendant suffers from a bipolar-related disorder and pedophilic disorder. He said Swiedarke’s chance of re-offending was low to low-moderate.

The victims’ mother then presented her statement before the half-filled courtroom. She said these experiences have stripped her children of their innocence and have made her physically ill on more than one occasion.

“I don’t know how to fix this,” she said. “It breaks me every day.”

She read the statements of two victims who were not present in the courtroom. They detailed the extent of the assaults that spanned years. The victims said Swiedarke told them they would get in trouble if they told anyone and threatened physical harm.

Each account was met with audible gasps from members of the audience.

Wood County Circuit Judge Nicholas Brazeau Jr. said the victims who came forward are nothing short of “heroic” and the acts committed by Swiedarke are so “atrocious” that he couldn’t even begin to know how to punish him.

Brazeau called Swiedarke a “selfish monster” and said even a 1 percent chance of Swiedarke re-offending was too much. The judge also ordered that Swiedarke have no contact with the victims or their families, submit to a DNA sample and register himself as a sex offender.

Swiedarke will be held at Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun for 60 to 90 days where officials will conduct assessments and decide where he will be taken next. He has no chance of parole, according to Wood County Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen.

According to court records:

In September, a woman was taking her children to visit their grandmother and stopped at a gas station when one of the kids began acting out a sexual motion. When the woman asked the girl about her behavior, the child told her mother about inappropriate contact Swiedarke had with her.

After the woman contacted police, and a first charge of sexual assault was filed against Swiedarke, another woman talked to two other girls, both younger than 10, about Swiedarke. One girl said he forced her to perform oral sex and the other said he had intercourse with her. Both girls said Swiedarke gave them money to keep quiet about the assaults.

In December, prosecutors in Adams County filed another charge of sexual assault of a child under 13. The child in the Adams County case is one of the same victims as the second Wood County case. A motion has been filed to join the Adams County case with the Wood County cases.

Source: https://eu.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/story/news/2018/05/24/former-emt-port-edwards-sentenced-sexual-abuse-case/620197002/

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