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May 13, 2014 | 12:54 PMELKHORN — Former Bloomfield and Genoa City police officer Aaron Henson made a brief court appearance on Monday afternoon and is next scheduled in court for a preliminary hearing on June 4.
Henson, 36, of Bloomfield, has been charged with felony misconduct in public office and misdemeanor theft. If convicted of the felony charge, Henson faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 fines.
Henson’s Monday court appearance almost didn’t happen because the special prosecutor, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, was a no show.
During the court proceeding, Judge David Reddy had his clerk call Schimel’s office to locate him. Eventually, another prosecutor appeared on behalf of Schimel over the phone.
According to the search warrant affidavit, on April 7, Genoa City Police Chief Joseph Balog was contacted by his administrative assistant, who reported to him that there was money missing from the bond box.
After the money went missing, on April 11, the assistant photographed and recorded the serial numbers of $230 in cash, which she then placed into the bond box.
On April 14, the assistant discovered that the $230 of pre-recorded cash and $1,728.30 in other bond envelopes was missing.
Later that day, Balog photographed and recorded the serial numbers of another $400 and installed a video camera near the bond box.
The video surveillance footage showed Henson using a fly swatter to remove a bond envelope from the box.
According to court records, on March 16 Walworth County Sheriff’s Department detectives executed a search warrant on Henson’s home.
At Henson’s home, one of the detectives told Henson that they were investigating money missing from the bond box in Genoa City.
Henson initially told the detective that he didn’t know money was missing.
The detective then told Henson that there was video surveillance footage of Henson using a fly swatter to remove bond envelopes.
Henson told the detective that “he was having financial problems due to his wife being out of work.”
As a police officer, Henson was earning $24.74 per hour in the village of Bloomfield.
“He stated that he had stolen on an earlier occasion and used that money to pay $400 per month toward his wife’s medical bills and also used some of that money to pay his $417 truck payment,” according to the criminal complaint.
After the search warrant was executed, Henson was arrested and taken to the Walworth County jail.
He was released the next day on a signature bond.