The gavel slams. And just like that, the embattled Kenosha Firefighter/EMT Kerri W. Poltrock II has six domestic abuse charges dismissed. Instead, he received a non-criminal citation for disorderly conduct. This marks the conclusion of an over two-year-old case in which Poltrock was arrested on June 5, 2020 for abusing his wife. This wasn’t a who-done-it. Poltrock testified in open court and under oath that he slapped his wife. He told his boss, Kenosha Fire Chief Chris Bigley that he slapped his wife.
One would think this would be an easy case to prove. Kenosha DA Graveley, however assigned Racine Deputy District Attorney Dirk Jensen to handle the case as a special prosecutor. Jensen and his boss, Racine County DA Patricia Hanson, agreed to dismiss all charges, and now-retired Kenosha Judge Mary K. Wagner approved the agreement. Today’s hearing was a formality and Judge Anthony Milisauskas presided, but was not the judge to approve the deal. We spoke with Jensen after court who walked briskly down the exterior courthouse steps to avoid questions, but did say that he was “aware” of the sexual assault allegations against Poltrock. Poltrock’s EMT license was suspended after the domestic abuse arrest but he didn’t tell his employer and treated patients illegally, subjecting the City taxpayers to a huge liability. He was suspended for five days for treating patients with a suspended EMT license and one day for the domestic abuse incidents.
Poltock’s two daughters, soon after his arrest, made very serious sexual assault allegations against Poltrock and a Kenosha Judge believed them after a several day court trial. Poltrock is court-ordered to stay away from his children and his ex wife-obtained a four-year restraining order against him.
Kenosha’s HR Director Steve Stanczak confirmed with KCE via phone that Poltrock is still on leave, but could not comment further. A Kenosha Fire Department Insider tells KCE that Poltrock is likely to resign in lieu of being terminated.