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Hoenisch question answered by Department of Justice


MADISON, WI (WSAU) -  It's been six days since former probation agent Kim Hoenisch was charged with misconduct in public office, burglary, possession of narcotic drugs, and possession of a drug without a prescription. That has led some people to ask one question: Why isn't she in jail? 

It's a question that you have asked us at WSAU. Now, we have an official answer.  

Dana Brueck is the Communications Officer for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, which filed the charges last Friday. Brueck says, "It is not unusual in non-violent offenses, and where there is no concern about that person fleeing, for a defendant to be summoned rather than arrested by a warrant. If the person fails to appear, then a warrant will be issued. Once an individual appears pursuant to the summons or is arrested, the judge will set bail and the person will be booked."

The Attorney General's office confirms that Hoenisch has been cooperating with authorities in the investigation. She is due for an initial appearance in Marathon County Court Friday at 2:00 p.m. in front of Judge Greg Grau.

Neither the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department or the Marathon County District Attorney’s Office are involved in the case. D-A Kenneth Heimerman requested a special prosecutor, since he does not want any possible conflict of interest issue to develop.

An attorney from outside of Marathon County who declined to be named for this report says it may also be wise to keep Hoenisch away from the county jail for her own safety, since she would have put some of those inmates in jail and that could start trouble.