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Wed May 16, 2018, 04:25 PM

Federal Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Ashland County Dismissed [settlement made] #metoo

Federal Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Ashland County Dismissed


Women Receive Settlement In Case Where Deceased Jail Officer Was Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 5:05am
By Danielle Kaeding

A federal lawsuit and claims brought by five women against Ashland County, its sheriff and jail administrator involving allegations of sexual misconduct by a corrections officer have been dismissed.

The women said they were harassed and assaulted while they were inmates at the Ashland County Jail. The initial complaint filed in U.S. Western District Court of Wisconsin last year alleged Ashland County jail officer Chris Bond, who is now deceased, took a 27-year-old woman from her cell to fondle her and force her to have oral sex. Separate complaints from the other women were subsequently consolidated into one lawsuit.

They argued their constitutional rights were violated in the suit, which also alleged that defendants showed "reckless or callous indifference" for the womenís rights.

Madison-based attorney Jeff Scott Olson, who serves as co-counsel for the women said his clients had an incredibly difficult burden of proof in the case because they had to show the county, sheriff and others in the lawsuit knew or should have known abuse was taking place but were deliberately indifferent to it. While the suit was dismissed, he said each of the five women received a settlement ranging from $10,000 to $15,000.


"It was tragic for the women who were taken advantage of and abused," he said. "It was tragic for Mr. Bond, who was obviously a disturbed individual; tragic for his family."

The five women canít bring their claims back for future litigation as a stipulation of the dismissal. The womenís lead counsel, Craig Haukaas, said in an email that the settlement was reached with the countyís insurance company. The county will also pay $137,500 for litigation costs, according to Olson.

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