July 08, 2014 | 10:49 AMELKHORN — Former Bloomfield and Genoa City police officer Aaron Henson pleaded not guilty during a short hearing June 2.
Henson, 36, of Bloomfield, is charged with felony misconduct in public office and misdemeanor theft after Genoa City police discovered cash missing from the bail bond box.
If convicted of the felony charge, Henson faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 fines.
Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel represented the state via phone for the hearing.
Schimel is prosecuting the case because of Henson’s prior professional relationship with the Walworth County District Attorney’s office.
Henson’s attorney, Francis Lettenberger, said he is waiting on information he requested from the state.
Henson’s next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 10.
According to the search warrant affidavit, on April 7, the Genoa City Police administrative assistant reported to Chief Joseph Balog that there was money missing from the bond box. 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 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 April 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 then admitted he was responsible for the thefts, according to the criminal complaint.
The detective asked if Henson knew about the money that went missing April 15, and he said the money was in a jar in his bedroom closet.
Police found all of the pre-recorded $20 bills from the Genoa City police department.
Henson told the detective that he took the money because “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.