Former police officer accused of stealing money from the department says it was to pay bills, complaint states

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Andrea Anderson
Thursday, May 1, 2014

ELKHORN—A former village of Bloomfield and village of Genoa City police officer suspected of stealing money from the Genoa City Police Department said he did it to pay off bills, according to a criminal complaint.

Aaron E. Henson, 36, of N1155 Walworth St., Genoa City, was arrested April 16 at his home on suspicion of theft and misconduct in public office, Walworth County Sheriff's Office Capt. Dana Nigbor said in an April interview.

Henson is accused of stealing more than $2,000 from the police department's bond box on various occasions in April, according to a search warrant affidavit.

On April 14, a video camera was set up at the police department. The next day, while on duty, Henson was reportedly taped removing bond envelopes and money from the bond box, an affidavit and criminal complaint state.  

Henson worked as a Bloomfield police officer for five years while working part-time as a Genoa City police officer, according to a Bloomfield Police Department news release.

When deputies arrived at Henson's home April 16, Henson said he didn't know anything about the missing money. When officers said there was a video incriminating him, he admitted stealing the money to help pay his wife's medical bills and car payments, the criminal complaint states.

Deputies searched Henson's home and found a peanut jar on a shelf in a bedroom closet. Inside was the money stolen the day before, according to the criminal complaint.

Henson resigned from the Bloomfield Police Department on April 17, a prior release stated.

At his initial appearance in court Thursday, Henson's bond was modified to allow him contact with employees of the town and village of Bloomfield and village of Genoa City.

Frank Lettenberger, Henson's attorney, said “for professional reasons, he may have to have contact” the police departments or officials in those municipalities.

Waukesha District Attorney Brad Schimel will be a special prosecutor in the case. He was not in court Tuesday, and a continued initial appearance is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Monday, May 12, at the Walworth County Judicial Center. 

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