A New Lisbon Correctional Institute nurse is charged with having a sexual relationship with, and smuggling contraband to, prisoners at the facility.
April J. Stokes, 36, Elroy, is charged with two counts of sexual assault by correctional staff and three counts of delivering illegal articles to an inmate. The sexual assault charges carry a sentence of up to 40 years in prison for each count and the delivery charges carry a charge of up to three years and six months in jail each.
According to the criminal complaint, the New Lisbon Police Department received a call in October from the New Lisbon Correctional Facility about a report of an employee having sexual relations with prisoners and bringing them contraband.
Police interviewed numerous staff members and were told Stokes seemed to be “inappropriately close” with inmates and that prisoners would spend more time in the health services unit than seemed necessary — even when doctors were not there.
Three different prisoners spoke to police during the investigation about their relationship with Stokes.
One prisoner stated Stokes brought him money and cigarettes, in addition to a cell phone he was using to talk to Stokes.
Another inmate said he had been exchanging letters with Stokes. He claimed she would use a fake name when sending the letters. The letters “contained sexual descriptions about what they could do together” and said Stokes would “never forget their first encounter.”
A third inmate talked to Stokes 12 times on the recorded phone line. They discussed their sexual relationship, and Stokes wrote about the size of his male anatomy. The prisoner said he had sexual touching with Stokes, including him receiving oral copulation.
When interviewed by investigators, Stokes said she had been in a relationship with two of the prisoners, but said she never did anything physically beyond hugs and kisses. She admitted to sending letters using a fake name and bringing in cell phones and tobacco to the prison.
She also admitted to sending one of the prisoners a video of her sexually gratifying herself.
Stokes is due in Juneau County Court at 9 a.m. April 6 for her initial appearance. She is not currently in the Juneau County jail.