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Teacher, attorney face drug charges

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Kayla Bunge
March 19, 2009
— A former Walworth Elementary School teacher and a local attorney face felony drug possession and bail jumping charges after police found them at an apartment in possession of heroin, according to Joshua Grube, deputy district attorney in Walworth County.

Katie M. Luessenhop, 26, of 250 S. Edwards Blvd., Apt. 146, Lake Geneva, is charged with three counts of felony bail jumping and one count of felony possession of heroin.


She has pleaded not guilty to earlier charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of cocaine, which stem from an incident in the school parking lot Sept. 18.


Stephen M. Compton, 44, of 250 Van Bee Circle, Williams Bay, could face similar charges, but a criminal complaint is not yet complete. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Friday.


Luessenhop and Compton were arrested March 7 after deputies from the Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant on Luessenhop’s apartment in Lake Geneva, according to the criminal complaint.


Deputies found the pair together in the apartment. They also found a bindle of heroin, weighing about 1 gram, in Luessenhop’s wallet, according to the complaint.


Luessenhop told deputies the heroin was hers and that she got it from Compton, according to the complaint. She also told deputies she had used cocaine and heroin earlier that night and that she bought $3,000 worth of heroin days earlier using money Compton gave her, according to the complaint.


Luessenhop was released from jail March 11 on a $10,000 cash bond. Conditions of her bond prohibit her from using or possessing drugs and from having contact with Compton.


Compton was released from jail March 8 on a signature bond with a $2,000 cash component. Conditions of his bond prohibit him from using or possessing drugs and from having contact with Luessenhop.


Compton, who was a Walworth County court commissioner until Jan. 31, was arrested again March 11 on a charge of felony bail jumping. He is being held at the Walworth County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.


According to the criminal complaint, the Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit was conducting surveillance on Luessenhop and Compton as part of an investigation.


Grube said the investigation began after the Sept. 18 incident in the school parking lot.


“The No. 1 drug that we’re concerned with is heroin,” he said. “When people are using or selling or buying—dealing in heroin … they (the authorities) tend to take notice of it.”


Grube said the drug unit paid close attention to both Luessenhop and Compton because it was clear they were using drugs together.


“We know that they use cocaine and heroin together,” he said.


That’s why the conditions of her bond in the original case prohibited Luessenhop not only from using or possessing drugs but also from having contact with Compton, Grube said.


“While she was out in the community, I didn’t want them together using cocaine and heroin,” he said.


Luessenhop faces three felony bail jumping charges. Two stem from the March 7 search of her apartment. The other came after deputies saw Luessenhop and Compton driving together in Compton’s vehicle Feb. 18 in Lake Geneva and Walworth, according to the complaint.


Grube said Luessenhop could face more felony bail jumping charges for having contact with Compton while out on bond. According to the criminal complaint, she admitted to having contact with Compton several times during that time.



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