Correctional officer sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting inmates

Correctional officer sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting inmates
Posted at 3:12 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 16:19:16-04

The District Attorney’s Office in Dodge County announced a disgraced correctional officer has been sentenced to prison for multiple rapes of inmates. 

In a news release, the D.A.'s Office says Alex Wouts, 34 of Poy Sippi, worked as a correctional officer at the Fox Lake Correctional Institution and used his position to sexually assault inmates in his custody.

Over a period of several years, Wouts used his position of authority to coerce several inmates into unwilling sex acts.  Wouts would threaten discipline or offer privileges to the victims as a means of coercion. Three victims testified against Wouts about the abuse.

Wouts was found guilty by a Dodge County jury in May of this year of 5 counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault by Correctional Staff. 

Assistant District Attorney James Sempf called Wouts a serial rapist. During his sentencing argument, Sempf asked for Wouts to be incarcerated for 120 years. Wouts will serve 35 years of initial confinement. The judge also ordered an additional 25 years of supervision.

District Attorney Klomberg stated in the news release that, "The corrections officers that make up much of the fabric and identity of Dodge County serve with distinction under impossibly difficult conditions.  The defendant was not a part of that honorable profession.  Alex Wouts was nothing but a serial rapist who posed as a corrections officer to find victims."