The Brookfield Police and Fire Commission has denied a claim that police overstepped their authority while collecting evidence that led to the conviction of a former professional clown for sexually assaulting a woman and taking nude photos of her.
"Yet another sad chapter in the saga of Ronald Schroeder, the convicted felon also known as Silly the Clown," Police Chief Daniel Tushaus said in a prepared statement released Wednesday.
Schroeder, 39, now serving a six-year prison term at the Redgranite Correctional Institution, sent a letter dated April 27 asking the city's Police and Fire Commission to file disciplinary charges against the chief and 10 other members of the Police Department.
In the letter, Schroeder contended that police stole contents from his vehicle not authorized in a search warrant, violated his federally protected rights to due process, improperly entered his home and made false statements in police reports. He also contended that Brookfield police had no authority to take his car when he was arrested May 4, 2007, because he was in Elm Grove.
Denial of the claim allows Schreoder to file a lawsuit. If a lawsuit is filed, Tushaus said, the city and the union representing officers will work together to exonerate those named in the action.
Tushaus said the former Brookfield resident has a history of attempts to retaliate against the department.
A jury in 2008 found Schroeder guilty of two felony counts of sexual assault of an unconscious victim; 27 felony counts of capturing an image of nudity; a misdemeanor count of battery, domestic abuse; and a misdemeanor count of illegally accessing computer data. Schroeder victimized the woman after she passed out following a night of drinking, prosecutors said.
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