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Walworth County attorney pleads guilty to drug charges

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
October 8, 2009
— A Walworth County attorney could spend time in county jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to felony charges of possession of narcotics and bail jumping.

Attorneys agreed to dismiss but read in charges of possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia for Stephen M. Compton, 44, of 250 Van Bee Circle, Williams Bay. Both charges are misdemeanors.


Compton changed his plea Wednesday at a status conference.


Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said he will not request prison time for Compton, but he could ask the judge for time at the county jail. Grube also will request probation, he said.


Compton was arrested March 7 in Lake Geneva after Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit deputies executed a search warrant at the apartment of Katie Luessenhop, according to the criminal complaint.


Luessenhop, a former Walworth Elementary School teacher, was sentenced in June to six months in jail and three years probation. She pleaded guilty April 9 to two counts of felony possession of heroin and one count of felony bail jumping.


The deputies, who had been surveilling Compton and Luessenhop, executed the warrant after seeing them driving together in one of Compton's vehicles, a violation of Luessenhop's bond agreement on a previous case, according to the complaint.


They reported finding Luessenhop and Compton in her apartment and a bindle of heroin in Luessenhop's wallet.


Luessenhop admitted numerous contacts with Compton while on bond and admitted snorting cocaine and heroin that night. She also admitted buying $3,000 worth of heroin using money given to her by Compton, according to the complaint.


Compton, who is free on bond, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Dec. 18.



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