A Wisconsin prison supervisor might find herself on the other side of the bars she saw every day at work.
The Racine County Sheriff’s Office has told KCE that 37-year-old Jacqueline Heidt was arrested yesterday, August 25, 2022. She is currently being held at the Racine County Jail being on a temporarily-set $1.1 Million dollar bond. The Racine County Sheriff’s office, who is leading the investigation, is recommending 20 charges of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault/Correctional Staff, 20 counts of Misconduct/Office-act/Excess Authority and one count of Deliver Illegal Articles to Inmate. Each sexual assault charge carries with it a maximum penalty of 20 years in the Wisconsin Prison System. The remaining charges carry a maximum sentence of 3.5 years. In total, she faces nearly 875 years.
A 2021 DOC Annual Report states that Heidt is also the Supervisor for the Trauma Informed Care Program. A source close to the investigation told KCE that Heidt was having sex with an inmate and gave him/her drugs. The Inmate later overdosed and they found K2 and a cell phone on his person. Heidt is a high-ranking unit manager and reports directly to the Deputy Warden. She also is part of the investigative division at the prison.
Investigators met with the Department of Corrections Internal Affairs and learned that Heidt was also accused of providing the inmate with contraband, which was a seized cellular phone. The contents of the cell phone included pictures and messages that supported the allegations.
Investigators interviewed the inmate who stated he began a sexual relationship with Heidt in April of 2022, and their last encounter was August 4, 2022. The inmate stated the sexual intercourse would occur in Heidt’s office at RCI approximately three to four times per week. The inmate stated they had sexual intercourse at least 20 times, but less than 40 times. The inmate stated he and Heidt also participated in other sexual acts in addition to the intercourse.
On Thursday, August 25, 2022, Investigators made contact with Heidt and confronted her with the allegations. Heidt denied the allegations and stated she thought this was retaliation by the inmates. When confronted with the contents of the cell phone and other relevant information, Heidt’s demeanor changed, and she stopped answering questions.
A decision from the Racine County District Attorney as to charge Heidt or not is expected today or Monday. We spoke to Heidt yesterday and she told us the allegations are “Not true.”
This is a breaking story and we will update you as more information is learned.