Bond set for ex-Kenosha County jail supervisor in sex assault case

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Jonathan Kwiatkowski

KENOSHA — Bond has been set at $50,000 for a former Kenosha County Detention Center supervisor charged with sexually assaulting an inmate.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jonathan Kwiatkowski appeared in court Monday, February 8th on felony charges of second degree sexual assault by correctional staff and misconduct in public office. Kwiatkowski is accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate who was in the jail’s work release program.

Kwiatkowski resigned his position as a supervising officer at the jail last October during an internal investigation involving Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department policy violations. He had worked at the jail since 2009.

The complaint alleges Kwiatkowski sexually assaulted the woman in July when she came in to have her ankle monitor switched to her other leg.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman told investigators she didn’t immediately report the sexual assault because “she was in fear that Kwiatkowski would retaliate by affecting her Huber release.”

The complaint accuses Kwiatkowski of obtaining the woman’s telephone number, and sending her text messages prior to the alleged sexual assault.

According to the complaint, in August, the woman missed a breath test and texted Kwiatkowski for help, but he did not respond.

Kwiatkowski initially denied contacting the woman by phone, according to the complaint. In a written statement, Kwiatkowski eventually admitted to “coming into contact with a Huber electronic monitoring inmate,” and he said it was common for him and others working in this capacity to have multiple contacts with inmates, including “several calls a day” from inmates making “different types of requests that they can either deny or approve.”

Kwiatkowski eventually admitted to text messaging the woman, but said he didn’t remember the context of his texts to the woman. Kwiatkowski said “he knew this was something he shouldn’t be doing.”

Kwiatkowski told investigators he believed the sexual assault allegations were a result of the woman feeling as though she could “abuse the situation” as a result of him texting her.

Kwiatkowski described his contact with the woman in July as “routine contact,” according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, upon learning of the sexual assault allegation, Kwiatkowski told investigators he believed the woman was making that allegation because “she knows I shouldn’t have been communicating with her on a personal level and is using it against me.”

The complaint accuses Kwiatkowski of contacting two other inmates via telephone — telling investigators he did it “for attention.”

Kwiatkowski will be back in court on February 24th for his adjourned initial appearance.

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