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In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, drivers license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).


Date: January 20, 2017
Subject: Community Notification of Sex Offender
Authority: Sheriff Dale K. Schmidt

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the following information pursuant to WI Statute 301.46(2m) which authorizes law enforcement agencies to inform the public of a sex offender’s release when, in the discretion of the agency, the release of information will enhance public safety, awareness and protection. The individual who appears on this notification has been convicted of a sex offense.

Steven Arthur Wienke, 62 will be released from prison on January 24th, 2017.  He will be moving into a residence located at 1725 CTH NN in the Township of Jackson.  Wienke was convicted of one count of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, and one count of Causing Harm to a Child. Wienke will be on Community Supervision (parole and probation) until 2024 and he will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents; he will have numerous rules and restrictions and will be under GPS monitoring.

This sex offender has served the prison sentence imposed on him by the courts. He is NOT wanted by law enforcement at this time. This notification is not intended to increase fear, rather, it is our belief that an informed public is a safer public.

Sex offenders have always lived in our communities; but it was not until the Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Law was enacted that law enforcement was able to share this information with the community. More information and many general questions about community notification and sex offenders can be answered by going to the website listed below:


Date:  January 12, 2017
Subject: Criminal charges against David Hanke
Authority: Lt Robert Konstanz

On January 11, 2017, David T Hanke, a retired band teacher from the Slinger School District, was charged with one count of sexual assault of a student by school staff.  Since then our department, as well as other agencies, have received numerous calls reporting incidents involving David Hanke.  Many of these may be described as inappropriate behavior. 

If anyone has information about criminal activity or if anyone wishes to report they are victims of a crime, they should contact the Washington County Sheriff Office at 262-335-4411.


DATE:                January 5, 2017
CASE:                Update to Washington County Wire Fraud Investigation
AUTHORITY:     Captain Martin Schulteis

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to provide an update to the June 23,, 2016 wire fraud investigation involving county funds. The investigation centers around the County Treasurer, Jane Merten, making two wire transfers of county funds in the amounts of $48,560 and 39,200, into accounts at two different financial institutions. The investigation revealed the County Treasurer made the transfers based on a series of emails she believed to have originated from County Administrator, Joshua Schoemann. It was believed that Administrator Schoemann was requesting the transfer of funds, but later determined that the Administrator’s email account was “spoofed.” An outside party, with criminal intent to steal funds, was able to send these emails to the County Treasurer using the sender email address of Administrator Schoemann.


Although the transactions were completed, $32,163.76 was returned to Washington County on September 15, 2016, through a “fraud recall” procedure conducted by Washington County’s bank.

As an update to the case, on December 21, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office was notified that an additional $39,235.89 was recovered through another “fraud recall”.

The loss to Washington County now stands at $16,360.35.

The investigation remains open with the intent to arrest those involved and seek restitution as would be done in any criminal case.


DATE                  01-04-2017

 On Jan. 4th, the Sheriff’s Office contacted the WI Dept of Health Services to check the status of the placement of Mr. Terry Olson. A DHS representative advised that the Department will be notifying the Court that since the property on Terry Rd in the Town of Erin is no longer for sale, it is not an option for the placement. 

 In this placement process, I do not believe there is a mechanism for official notification, by the DHS, that a property is no longer being considered. There is only notification when a court orders placement at a particular place.  Based on the information today however, I believe with reasonable certainty that the Terry Rd property is no longer an option.  It appears, that if and when Mr. Olson is released, it will be somewhere else as ordered by the Court.




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