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Criminal complaint against lawyer contains elements of espionage

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Kayla Bunge
March 21, 2009
— Parts of the criminal complaint against attorney Stephen Compton read like a spy novel.

A bag containing $10,000 cash, a prepaid cell phone and a letter was left in a conference room at Lake Lawn Resort.


A woman got a 3 a.m. call with instructions about where to find the money.


The letter included a map to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and instructions for what the woman should tell police if questioned.


It also included instructions about what to do with the money: bail out heroin suspect and former teacher Katie M. Luessenhop.


Give the cell phone to Luessenhop and tell her to call Compton, the letter reads.


And it emphasized this point: “Katie can never say I bailed her out! Never!”


The complaint charges Compton, 44, of 250 Van Bee Circle, Williams Bay, with possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.


Police found him and Luessenhop at an apartment in possession of the drugs, according to the criminal complaint.


Compton also is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping.


Luessenhop, 26, of 250 S. Edwards Blvd., Apt. 146, Lake Geneva, faces similar charges.


The two 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 a bedroom with cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia on the floor, in a nightstand drawer and in a closet.


Deputies also searched Compton’s vehicle, which was parked in the garage, and found cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia in the center console.


Compton told deputies the drugs in the bedroom were his, according to the complaint.


Compton was released from jail March 8 after posting $2,000 cash.


Three days later, Luessenhop was bailed out by the woman bearing $10,000 cash.


But after getting Luessenhop out of jail, deputies pulled over the car because the woman was driving on a suspended license.


The woman told deputies Compton had called her about 3 a.m. March 11 and told her to go to Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, where in a conference room she would find a bag containing the items she would need to bail out Luessenhop, according to the complaint.


The woman told deputies the bag contained a prepaid cell phone and charger, $10,000 cash, a letter including instructions for what she was to tell police if she was questioned and a map to the sheriff’s department.


In addition to the $10,000 cash, prepaid cell phone and letter, the bag also contained $500 for the woman and Luessenhop to split, according to the complaint.


Deputies seized the items from the woman’s car.


The same day Luessenhop was bailed out, Compton was arrested on a bail jumping charge and has since been held in jail on a $100,000 cash bond.


He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.



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