Ex-deputy gets 30 days in sex assault

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Ted Sullivan
July 2, 2010
— A former Rock County deputy accused of sexually assaulting a teen at a Halloween party will spend 30 days in jail after changing his plea in the case.

Steven L. Stenulson, 39, of 1934 Liberty Lane, Janesville, pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor obstructing an officer.

Judge James Daley sentenced Stenulson to 30 days in the Rock County Jail with work-release privileges and three years probation. He ordered Stenulson to complete sex offender treatment and alcohol or drug treatment if necessary. Stenulson also can’t contact the victim.

Stenulson changed his plea as part of a plea agreement. He had been charged with felony third-degree sexual assault.

Stenulson was arrested Monday, Nov. 2, after the teen told police she awoke from a nap at a Halloween party in Milton and found the off-duty deputy assaulting her, according to the criminal complaint. The two know each other.

The woman testified at the preliminary hearing that Stenulson flirted with her several times at the party, which included underage drinking.

She said Stenulson slapped her on the bottom.

She said she was drinking beer and vomited in the bathroom before going upstairs to sleep.

The woman said she awoke to find Stenulson lying on a mattress with her, touching her “inappropriately.”

Stenulson resigned from the sheriff’s office in the midst of the allegations.

The Dane County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case because Stenulson is a former Rock County employee.

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