Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel has filed charges against Polk County jailer Darryl Christensen for five counts of second-degree sexual assault, citing sexual contact or intercourse by a correction staff member.

Each charge represents a Class C Felony, one for each of five victims. Each victim claims multiple incidents of sexual assault. The charges date from incidents that occurred between Nov. 3, 2011 and Nov. 12, 2014.

Christensen has been a jailer in Polk County since 1995, and was also the fire chief in Amery.

If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison for each felony count, and/or a fine of $100,000 for each. At maximum, he could be sentenced to 125 years in prison as well as a $500,000 fine. 

In order to convict on each count, the state will have to prove that Christensen had sexual contact or intercourse with someone who was confined in the correctional institution while he was a correctional staff member. If convicted, the crime would qualify under Wisconsin statute as a sexually violent offense, which requires lifetime supervision on the sex offender registry.

The charges are based on an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation Unit.

Christensen’s initial appearance is scheduled for May 6.

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