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Attorney, former teacher face charges
Police allegedly found heroin during search

by Rob Ireland

March 19, 2009

Elkhorn — A former Walworth Elementary school teacher and an attorney are facing charges after police executed a search warrant March 7 in Lake Geneva and allegedly found heroin.

Katie M. Luessenhop, 26, 250 S. Edwards Blvd., Apt. 146, Lake Geneva, has been charged with three felony counts of bail jumping and one count of possession of a narcotic drug.

She already faces charges of felony possession of narcotic drug and misdemeanor possession of cocaine stemming from a Sept. 18 incident at Walworth Elementary School.

She pleaded not guilty to those charges Feb. 25.

Stephen M. Compton, 44, 250 Van Bee Circle, Williams Bay, is due in court March 20. Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said a criminal complaint will be filed by then.

He said the Sheriff's Department has referred several charges to him, but he hasn't yet made any decisions.

"It looks like there will be a felony criminal complaint," Grube said.

Compton was arrested March 7 with Luessenhop and was released on a $10,000 signature bond, of which $2,000 was paid in cash.

However, he was arrested again March 11 for felony bail jumping and is in custody in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.

The Wisconsin Bar Association's Web site lists Compton as an attorney with an active and good status. His practice is listed as his home address.

Check the Regional News Web site Friday for an update on the story.

Luessenhop was released from custody March 11 on a $10,000 cash bond.

If convicted of the five felony counts, Luessenhop faces up to 25 years in prison and $65,000 in fines.

Because the original offenses occurred within 1,000 feet of a school, the court is required to impose 100 hours of community service for that charge.

If convicted of the misdemeanor, she faces an additional year in County Jail and a $5,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint on Luessenhop's March 7 arrest:

The Walworth County Drug Unit was conducting surveillance on Compton and Luessenhop as part of an ongoing police investigation.

The officers observed the pair driving together in the city of Lake Geneva and the village of Walworth.

On March 7, police executed a search warrant on Luessenhop's apartment and found her there with Compton.

During a search of the apartment, police found a bindle of heroin, which weighed about one gram.

Luessenhop admitted it was hers and that she got it from Compton.

She also told police that she bought $3,000 worth of heroin days earlier using money she received from Compton.

Luessenhop also admitted to making numerous contacts with Compton.

According to the criminal complaint and police reports on Luessenhop's Sept. 18 arrest:

The Walworth Police Department was dispatched to the elementary school after receiving a report of a disturbance.

Outside of the school, Luessenhop turned over to police a small wrapped container, which she said contained cocaine.

She also handed over a file folder that contained a small plastic bag containing a powder.

Police then searched Luessenhop's handbag and found another small bag containing a powder.

Two of the bags tested positive for heroin and one bag tested positive for cocaine.

After the Sept. 18 incident Compton was cited for disorderly conduct at his home. Compton pleaded guilty to this charge and paid a fine.