VERNON COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - A trial date of September 25th has been set for a police chief in southwest Wisconsin who faces nine charges of misconduct, sexual assault, and obstructing investigators.
Readstown chief Shay Larson is getting a two-day trial in Vernon County on 3 felony counts of misconduct. A judge has agreed to deal with 6 other misdemeanor charges separately.
The felony charges accuse the 30-year-old Larson of looking the other way to crimes he witnessed, and asking others not to report them. The misdemeanor counts are for disorderly conduct, fourth-degree sexual assault, and obstructing officers.
Among other things, those charges accuse him of improperly touching a drug informant, and having a woman give him oral sex 3 times. Two other charges were filed after Larson’s arrest that involved a 14-year-old boy, but they were later dropped.
Larson had been investigated for six months before he was first charged in March. He was arrested in Nebraska a day after the first 8 counts were filed.
He’s still employed by the village, but he’s on unpaid leave. Larson had been Readstown’s only police officer, and the Vernon County sheriff’s department has been patrolling the village in his absence.