New Glarus Officer Cleared of Accusations in Anonymous Email
March 21, 2019
On March 18, 2019, Green County District Attorney Craig R. Nolen sent out a press release in which he stated that New Glarus Police Lieutenant Jeff Sturdevant had been officially cleared following an investigation into charges made in an anonymous email. Nolen also said that there may be charges against the individual(s) who sent the email.
According to Nolen, on January 16, 2019, at approximately 9:28 p.m., Central Standard Time, an anonymous email was sent by an individual whose email account was identified as Corrupt Cops, utilizing the email address known as email@example.com. The email itself was signed as "Concerned Citizen" and the subject of the email was "Allegations of Lt. Jeff Sturdevant's Misconduct & Sexual Assaults While Being a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer".
The Village of New Glarus Police Department, Green County Sheriff's Office, and the Green County District Attorney's Office requested that the City of Monroe Police Department investigate the incidents alleged in such email. Detectives from the City of Monroe conducted an investigation, by interviewing all individuals named in such email relating to the allegations in the email. Detectives interviewed the alleged victims and witnesses to the alleged conduct.
As District Attorney, I reviewed the reports prepared by the City of Monroe Police Department and determined that the allegations contained within the email were unfounded. I do not believe that it was necessary to send such reports to an outside prosecuting agency for their review, as the alleged victims and witnesses were unable to substantiate any behavior warranting review by an outside agency. As a result of this investigation, no criminal charges will be filed against Lieutenant Jeffrey W. Sturdevant of the New Glarus Police Department for any information contained within the email.
A separate internal investigation was also conducted by the New Glarus Police Department and Lieutenant Jeffrey W. Sturdevant was cleared of all allegations and returned to full duty on February 6, 2019. This investigation was concluded with a with full review by Village Attorney William Morgan and the New Glarus Village Board.
When contacted, New Glarus Police Chief Burt Boldebuck said that he was glad that both the independent investigation and the Village's internal investigation were complete, and that the Village Attorney Bill Morgan and Village President Roger Truttmann had been kept up to date during the internal investigation.
Boldebuck stressed that he and the village administration have nothing but praise for Sturdevant's professionalism and dedication to the community.
Nolen's release continued on to say that detectives with the City of Monroe then transitioned their investigation into an investigation of the author of the anonymous email for the potential crimes of Defamation, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 942.01, and Giving False Information for Publication, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 942.03, as a result of witness statements relating to the original email.
On March 14, 2019, a Search Warrant was executed by the City of Monroe Police Department and Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation on two residences and two persons, relating to the crimes of Defamation, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 942.01, and Giving False Information for Publication, contrary to Wis. Stat. § 942.03. At this time, the name(s) of the suspect(s) are being withheld as the investigation is on-going. Nolen added that he has conferred with Lafayette County District Attorney Jenna Gill and she has agreed to accept a special prosecution on behalf of Green County for review of any potential charges against the suspects.