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Beaver Dam woman appears in court charged with sexual assault of jail inmate
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Beaver Dam woman appears in court charged with sexual assault of jail inmate

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JUNEAU – A 52-year-old Beaver Dam woman made her initial appearance in court on Monday after being charged with sexual assault of an inmate at Dodge County Jail while she was working in the jail as a contracted staff member in the kitchen area.

Tammy Clipps is charged with second degree sexual assault by correctional staff. She could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charge.

Clipps appeared before Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim and was placed on a $1,000 signature bond. She may not have any direct or indirect contact or communication with the victim.

According to the criminal complaint, a corporal in the jail reported on Sept. 4 that an inmate that works in the jail kitchen with Aramark contracted staff submitted a tip that some inmates were receiving preferred treatment by some Aramark kitchen employees including extra food and better working conditions.

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Aramark is contracted by the Dodge County Detention Facility to provide food services consisting of inmate meals and commissary. Aramark provides staff that works directly with inmate labor in the kitchen.

An investigation led to Clipps when a U.S. Marshal Service inmate, who had worked in the kitchen, attempted to call a phone registered to her address and jail staff found out he had made frequent calls to the same location. The inmate also received a mailing from TJ Clipps with Clipps’ address as the return address that included a letter addressing their alleged relationship.

Clipps spoke to investigators on Dec. 23 at the job she had started that October after being let go from Aramark in September. According to the criminal complaint, Clipps said she was let go because she had a friendship with an inmate. Clipps was shown documents including her visiting the inmate and eventually admitted to kissing the inmate when she was working in the jail and admitted to a sexual act occurring twice between the two.

The inmate was spoken to on Dec. 24 and admitted to being friends with Clipps but said he did not have a sexual relationship with her

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 17.

Follow Terri Pederson on Twitter @tlp53916 or contact her at 920-356-6760.

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