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Former Probation Agent Sentenced to Prison for Misconduct in Public Office


MADISON — On August 12, 2013, the Honorable Ann Knox-Bauer sentenced former probation agent Kim M. Hoenisch to 18 months initial confinement in prison followed by a combined supervision term of 6 years.  The court previously found the defendant guilty of three felonies for burglary, misconduct in office, and possession of a narcotic, along with two misdemeanors for additional drug crimes.


Judge Knox-Bauer sentenced Hoenisch to 18 months prison followed by 24 months of extended supervision for misconduct in public office.  The court withheld sentence and ordered probation for 7½ years for burglary with shorter terms of probation on the three drug counts.  The sentences were concurrent to one another, meaning the sentences all commenced immediately.  The defendant will serve the first 18 months of probation while in prison.


According to the complaint, Hoenisch was employed by the State of Wisconsin as a probation agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) in the Division of Community Corrections (DCC) within the Wausau Regional Field Office at the time of the crimes.


Hoenisch previously entered a no contest plea to burglarizing the house of a probationer on Saturday, June 30, 2012.  Hoenisch reportedly entered the residence in search of pain medication.  Hoenisch also had entered a no contest plea to later taking the probationer’s medication when the probationer was at her office on Wednesday, July 25, 2012.  Hoenisch additionally entered a no contest plea to misconduct in office based upon her criminal acts on July 25th occurring during her employment as a probation agent.


The Division of Criminal Investigation investigated this case at the request of the Department of Corrections.  Assistant Attorney General Winn Collins represents the State of Wisconsin in this prosecution.