UPDATE: Charges Dismissed against Former Oshkosh Prison Chaplain

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATED: Wed 10:49 PM, Aug 28, 2013

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Charges have been dismissed in Winnebago County against a former prison chaplain accused of having sex with an inmate.

Jamyi Witch contends she was a hostage and the victim of an inmate assault at the Oshkosh Correctional Facility in August of 2011. But, prosecutors ended up charging Witch with three felonies, including sexual assault by correctional staff. Witch was employed as a Wiccan chaplain by the state Department of Corrections. She was dismissed in March of 2012.

Deputy District Attorney Scott Ceman tells WLUK-TV that the inmate involved has changed his story and that prosecutors are no longer confident in a conviction. Witch says she plans to sue the Department of Corrections and other agencies in the coming days.

ORIGINAL STORY: 2:36 PM, Sept 15, 2011

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- An Oshkosh prison chaplain is facing criminal charges after claiming she was taken hostage and sexually assaulted by an inmate.

Prosecutors in Winnebago County say the claims by 52-year-old Jamyi Witch of Omro were part of a failed scheme to get her and the inmate a transfer to another prison.

Witch, the first Wiccan chaplain hired by the state in 2001, is charged with sexual assault by corrections staff and delivering narcotics and illegal items to an inmate.

Prosecutors say Witch told investigators the inmate assaulted her after blocking the door to her office Aug. 10 and that she gave him pills to make him sleepy. WLUK-TV reports the inmate later told authorities Witch concocted the scheme because she felt she was mistreated by her co-workers and wanted a transfer.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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