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icymist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-11 10:16 PM
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Wisconsin Witch Accused of Sex Assault in Alleged Prison Hostage Plot
A Wiccan prison chaplain who allegedly hatched a plan to fake a hostage situation with an inmate is now facing close to 60 years in prison, accused of sexual assault and providing narcotics to an inmate.

Jamyi Witch, 52, of Omro, Wis., who became the first Wiccan prison chaplain in the state amid controversy in 2001, is accused of sexual role-playing with an inmate, plying him with sleeping pills and telling the prison she was assaulted so both individuals could be transferred to a new facility.

On Aug. 10, Witch, who changed her last name from Welch because of her religion, told police that an inmate came into her office, barricaded the door with shelving and her wheelchair, and held her hostage, according to court documents. The situation ended peacefully, with the inmate being removed after being fed sleeping pills by Witch.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wiccan-jamyi-witch-accused-sex...

And from The Wild Hunt blog:

Wiccan Chaplain Accused in Bizarre Hostage Scheme

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It should be noted that Jamyi Witch was well-qualified for the position, having a masters degree in theology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The question now is if the inmates testimony is accurate, and if it is, why Witch, who served for nearly a decade in this position, would suddenly act is such drastic fashion. One that could potentially set back the cause of Pagan and Wiccan chaplaincy in prisons. We will be following up on this story, and will be sharing reactions from Pagan leaders and chaplains soon.

ADDENDUM: A.C. Fisher Aldag has found an interesting news report from the August incident.


Department of Corrections spokesman Tim Le Monds says it happened about 8:30 a.m. He says prison staff members were able to persuade the inmate to open the door and come out after an hour. He says staff members could see into the room the whole time and could have gotten into it in seconds if necessary.

If thats true, doesnt that instantly invalidate many of the charges being made here? Especially the charge of them having sexual intercourse? Wouldnt that be an event that would make staff member access the room in seconds? I think theres a lot we arent being told in regards to this story.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2011/09/wiccan-ch...
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