Yesterday, Wisconsin Democrats highlighted a plea deal made by Brad Schimel that allowed a sex offender charged with sexual assault of an intoxicated 14-year-old girl – a charge that could have carried a 40-year prison term — to plead guilty to a greatly reduced charge and serve just six months in jail with work release privileges.
Earlier this month, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Schimel allowed another sex offender, Joel Hochmuth, represented by Schimel’s former boss, Paul Bucher, to avoid a trial and a prison sentence on child pornography charges with a plea bargain that ended with the offender sentenced to a short jail term with work release privileges. The offender later ended up in prison after violating the terms of his probation.
“Those two cases are featured on the Wall of Shame website, but they are only the first in a series, with many more to come,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Friday. “The Party will be highlighting Schimel’s dismal record and adding cases to the site from now until Election Day,” he said.
“Brad Schimel says he’s tough on crime, but his record tells a different story – that’s why we’re highlighting the facts about Schimel’s failures on this ‘Wall of Shame,’” Tate said Friday. “Wisconsinites deserve to know the truth about Brad Schimel’s hypocritical record of cutting deals for sex offenders and letting criminals off lightly in Waukesha County, and whether he’d bring that some lax approach to public safety to the Attorney General’s office.”