Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Henson makes first court appearance

by Rob Ireland

May 01, 2014

ELKHORN — Former police officer Aaron Henson allegedly told a Walworth County Sheriff’s detective that he stole money from the Genoa City police department because he was having financial troubles, according to a recently released criminal complaint.

On Thursday afternoon, the Regional News was able to obtain a copy of the criminal complaint.

Click here to read the criminal complaint

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. 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.

According to the search warrant affidavit, on April 7, Chief Joseph Balog was contacted by his administrative assistant, who reported to him that there was money missing from the bond box.

Click here to read the search warrant affidavit

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 went missing.

Later that day, Balog photographed and recorded the serial numbers to another $400 and installed a video camera near the bond box.

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.

On Thursday afternoon, Henson made his first court appearance since he was released from custody.

After the hearing, Henson’s attorney, Frank Lettenberger, said he couldn’t comment on the case, and that he just received a copy of the complaint. Henson is next scheduled to appear before Judge David Reddy on May 12.

Judge Phillip Koss handled Thursday afternoon’s bond hearing, and he said he would recuse himself from future proceedings because he has a long history with Henson from his time as the district attorney.

However, Koss did grant a bond modification request that was filed by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. Schimel, who is handling the case as a special prosecutor, ask that the no-contact provision on Henson’s former employers be lifted.

Schimel has been the district attorney in Waukesha County since 2006, and he is currently running for Wisconsin Attorney General.

Click here to read the motion to modify Henson's bond

The motion states that municipal prosecutor Steven Harvey asked that the no contact order be lifted “related to subpoenas for any municipal ordinance violation trials that may be issued as a result of his work as a former Bloomfield Village police officer, and for any administrative proceedings related to his former employment.”

Last week, Walworth County District Attorney Daniel Necci said that some criminal cases that Henson worked on will have to be dismissed because of the charges Henson is facing.

On Thursday afternoon, when asked if municipal cases would have to be dismissed, Harvey said he is “still examining that.” However, he said he still plans on issuing subpoenas for Henson to appear at needed municipal hearings.

Prior to his arrest, Henson had been a full-time Bloomfield police officer for five years. He also worked part-time in the village of Genoa City. In 2013, Henson testified that he has worked in law enforcement for nine years, according to court transcripts from a drug case in which Henson was the arresting officer.