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Fmr. Taylor County correctional officer accused of sexually assaulting an inmate

Fmr. Taylor County correctional officer accused of sexually assaulting an inmate  Jan 6, 2020

 

MEDFORD, Wis. (WSAW) -- A former corrections officer with the Taylor County Sheriff's Office is facing one charge of second degree sexaul assuault by correctional staff after being accused of having sex with an inmate.

Bailee Cheever, 25, will make her initial appearance in court in February where she is scheduled to be formally charged.

According to court documents, a corrections officer emailed then-Taylor County Chief Deputy Larry Woebbeking in September, 2018 saying that several officers have noticed Cheever having extended visits with an inmate. Woebbeking then asked the Marathon County Sheriff's Office to investigate.

Cheever told detectives that she had sexual contact and sexual intercourse with an inmate in the jail's med room while on duty. She also told detectives she sent numerous text messages to the inmate and would hold lengthy conversations over the intercom system while at work, totaling more than three hours during the course of four days.

Detectives learned the text messaging happened outside of Cheever's work hours, as inmates at the jail have texting capability.

Cheever told detectives the inmate was "very charismatic" and that things got "carried away."

Detectives state the conduct happened over a month's time between August and September, 2018. This was Cheever's first corrections officer position. She began working there in July, 2018 and was assigned third shift.

While the criminal complaint states she has remains employed at the county, in August the Taylor County human resources manager told 7 Investigates Cheever had already left employment with the department.

Price County District Attorney Mark Fuhr is prosecuting the case.

Taylor County's First Traffic Fatality of 2020

Taylor County's First Traffic Fatality of 2020

 

  On Thursday, January 2nd at 2:20 P.M. the Taylor County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a two vehicle accident located approximately 9 miles north of Medford on State Highway 13 in the Town of Chelsea.  Sheriff's deputies along with fire and ambulance services were dispatched.

  Upon arrival, deputies found a head on two vehicle accident resulting in one fatality.

  A preliminary investigation coupled with witness information indicates the victim, identified as 45 year old Chad Bernard Olson of Rib Lake, was driving an SUV and was south bound on State Highway 13.  The SUV drifted into the north bound lane directly in the path of an approaching semi-truck.  The semi and Olson's vehicle collided head on resulting in Olson's death.  Olson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.  The semi driver was not injured and is cooperating with the investigation.

  It is unknown at this time why or what caused th SUV to drift into the opposite lane.  The investigation is currently active and ongoing.

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