JUNEAU — A Dodge County jury found a 34-year-old former correctional officer at the Fox Lake Correctional Institution guilty of sexually abusing three inmates.
Alex Andre Wouts of Poy Sippi was found guilty of five counts of second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff after an afternoon of discussion Thursday by the jury that heard the case over a three-day trial.
Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Sciascia revoked Wouts’ bond. He is being held at the Dodge County Jail.
Wouts now faces a sentence of up to 125 years in prison followed by 75 years of supervision, and $500,000 in fines. Sciascia ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for July 20.
On Dec. 2, 2015, officers were notified that an investigation needed to be done at Fox Lake Correctional Institution in reference to a sexual assault allegation that came to the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office.
Officers responded to the Fox Lake prison where they met with the complainant. The complainant alleged that he had been sexually assaulted by Wouts for some time. He told officers that on numerous occasions Wouts would perform oral sex on him.
The victim said the encounters were often pre-arranged and would normally happen on third shift. The victim said Wouts had also sexually assaulted other inmates.
Officers interviewed a different victim who alleged that Wouts asked him to perform oral sex once, telling the inmate he did not have to be afraid. Wouts allegedly told the inmate he’d been doing it for nine to 10 years. Wouts allegedly said he knew all the blind spots and had been called out in the past, but it was his word against the inmates’.
A third inmate told officers that Wouts had sexually assaulted him on numerous occasions, about one to two times a week. The third inmate said that Wouts performed oral sex and that the two had anal sex on one occasion. He estimated there were about 50 to 55 encounters.
Officers interviewed Wouts Dec. 4. He denied any sexual assaults, laughing and allegedly saying that he was, “not gay and would never ruin his reputation or his family to do something like that within the prison system.”
A pair of underwear was recovered from one of the inmates which were tested for DNA. The DNA results showed a combination of the inmate’s and Wouts’ DNA.
“I am very grateful for the hard and exceptional work of Assistant District Attorney James Sempf, who worked tirelessly to bring this challenging case to a successful outcome and get justice for these young men,” Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said in a press release.