There's a disturbing story coming out of Winnebago County, Wisconsin. On Friday, a Wiccan prison chaplain appeared in court to plead not guilty to sexually assaulting an inmate back in August.
Jamyi Witch (yes, her last name actually is "Witch"), 52, is accused of drugging the inmate, then performing sexual acts on him. In addition to this charge, she has also been accused of delivering narcotics. Witch, who is wheelchair-bound, denies these allegations.
She claims she was the one whom was held hostage and that she was sexually assaulted. Outside of the odd facts and circumstances surrounding the case, it's your basic "he said, she said" scenario. However, there's more to the story.
Court records indicate that the two knew one another before the incident unfolded and that the entire hostage situation may have been staged. Prosecutors are claiming that Witch and the inmate were plotting a scheme to get themselves transferred to another prison (to clarify, Witch is on staff, but employees also need to go through an official transfer system in most prison systems).
Apparently, a letter that the inmate wrote to his mother was intercepted. In the note, he claimed that Witch had devised the plan to have the two moved. In the letter, he wrote that the chaplain wanted to leave the prison due to threats from co-workers and he wanted to leave after being attacked by three men while in his cell. This, prosecutors say, was the catalyst that led them to implement their plan.
Witch was hired back in 2001 to serve as Oshkosh Correctional Institution's first-ever Wiccan chaplain. She previously worked at Waupun Correctional Institution, where the inmate also previously served.
Witch is on paid administrative leave and will return to court on January 3 for a pre-trial conference. If convicted, she could face 58 years and six months in prison and $160,000 in fines.
(H/T: Mail Online)