Kenosha’s City Administrator and former Police Chief John Morrissey, told Kenosha County Eye today that he has instructed the City’s HR department to re-open an investigation into allegations that Kenosha Firefighter/EMT Poltrock sexually assaulted his daughters. This is based on the findings of Kenosha Circuit Court Judge Angelina Gabriele after a multi-day court trial for Poltrock’s divorce. Kenosha County Eye received the transcripts from Judge Gabriele’s oral ruling and a court document she signed entitled “Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgement of Divorce.” We shared both documents with Kenosha Fire Chief Chris Bigley and Morrissey.
Poltrock was arrested on June 5, 2020 and booked on domestic battery charges against his then wife. The Kenosha police department decided they had a conflict of interest and asked the Kenosha Sheriff’s Office to investigate. Kenosha DA Mike Graveley (D) also recused himself.
The Sheriff’s detective who investigated the domestic abuse incident asked progressive Racine County DA, Patricia Hanson to charge Poltrock. She didn’t charge him. On July 6th, Poltrock’s wife asked a Kenosha Court for a restraining order. Poltrock admitted to the violence and it was granted for four years. After KCE published several articles and there was public push-back, Hanson finally charged Poltrock with six counts of domestic abuse on October 1, 2020 – more than four months after the arrest. She and Kenosha’s most liberal Judge, Mary K. Wagner made an agreement to drop all criminal charges against Poltrock next month on July 12. Poltrock also lost his EMT license while out on bail and didn’t tell the Fire Department. He treated patients for many months without a license.
The Kenosha Sheriff’s Office Detective also asked Hanson to charge Poltrock with the sexual abuse of his two daughters. She declined. To read more about the horrendous accusations, please see our previous publication, A Monster In A Firetruck: Violence and Sexual Assault Allegations Against Kenosha Fireman Detailed In Court Trial. It contains graphic descriptions of alleged sexual assaults.
KCE obtained the investigative reports of the alleged sexual abuse and forwarded them to the Fire Chief. Chief Bigley disciplined Poltrock. He issued a 5-day suspension for the domestic violence and a 1-day suspension for treating patients illegally.
City Administrator John Morrissey took some action. We obtained court records about the trial the day they were signed. Morrissey spoke with KCE today by phone and issued a statement:
“I have reviewed the information provided, specifically, the transcript of the judges oral ruling. I have met with HR and advised them the investigation needed to be reopened based on the findings made by Judge Gabriele, and to consult with the labor attorneys on further actions that needed to be taken.”
In Gabriele’s ruling, she awards sole custody and physical placement of the two daughters to their mother. Poltrock is denied any placement or visitation. Gabriele says in her ruling:
“Sufficient credible evidence has also been presented that respondent has engaged in acts of sexual assault to the two minor children. This includes evidence received through the testimony of one “Julie” Poltrock as to the disclosures made by “Jenna” and “Elizabeth”, including but not limited to Elizabeth describing her father, the respondent’s, pants falling down in her bedroom and then gooey pee coming from the respondent. And that she told her mother that he gave her a peanut butter cup not to tell her mother.“
“Testimony that Elizabeth told her mother that her father touched her front vaginal area and that many times he would take off her clothes to touch her. And that Jenna told her mother that dad placed his finger in her vaginal area; dad touched her and wanted her to touch him. The touch was where babies came from and that dad hammered her from behind.”
Judge Gabriele, a former prosecutor goes on to detail that DCFS substantiated the allegations of sexual assault to the children and that requires a legal burden known as “preponderance of the evidence.”
Other experts testified and found the allegations credible. Poltrock testified and denied the sexual assault allegations. Judge Gabriele writes that “The Court does not find any of his denials credible.”
In order for Poltrock to gain and placement of the two girls, he must:
Participate in psychosexual evaluation and follow all recommendations.
Participate and successfully complete a court approved sex offender treatment program.
Participate in and successfully complete a certified batterer’s treatment program.
Not engage in further acts of domestic violence or sexual assault of any child.
Disclose his address and the names and dates of birth of any individual residing in his home or spending more than one overnight a week at his residence.
Not consume alcohol with prescribed medications.
Get approval from a psychologist that agrees contact with Poltrock would be beneficial to the children.
KCE emailed the entire Kenosha firefighters Union local 414 Executive Board and not one of them wanted to comment on their support for Poltrock.
KCE will stay on this story and let you know the outcome of the investigation as it becomes available.