Disorderly Conduct Charges Filed Against Burnett County Deputy
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has filed disorderly conduct charges against 34-year old Burnett County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Culvey, who was the center of a two-year-long investigation. Culvey has been summoned to appear before Burnett County Circuit Court Judge Ken Kutz on Wednesday, April 24. As we’ve reported before, he has been on administrative leave pending the state investigation that was handed off to the DOJ by Burnett County last fall.
The charges against Culvey all stem from two domestic-related incidents in Webster back in early 2011 involving Culvey and a woman who was reportedly his girlfriend. The complaint says that Culvey “engaged in boisterous and unreasonably loud conduct” and caused a disturbance.
The Department of Justice interviewed the woman who placed the 911 calls to report Culvey in both incidents. She claims that Culvey “never did anything physical to her” because “he knew he would get into trouble for it.”
In the first incident, the DOJ says says Culvey admitted to getting in an argument with the woman’s daughter, which escalated into an argument with the woman who called in the complaint. In the second incident, Culvey also alledgedly spoke to the daughter in a loud manner, but neither time anything physical appeares to have happened.
Two dispatchers and two deputies were fired for allegedly not filing reports or properly recording the incidents and other sheriff’s department employees were disciplined. The deputies claimed the disputes were verbal only in nature and did not warrant an arrest. They have filed grievances with the county and hearings are scheduled to take place in May.