Wis. Wiccan chaplain denies sexual assault of inmate, hostage-taking ruse
An Oshkosh prison chaplain has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged fake hostage situation in August.
Jamyi Witch, 52, was in Winnebago County court Friday. She is a Wiccan chaplain at the state prison in Oshkosh.
Witch is accused of sexually assaulting the inmate and drugging him during a staged hostage incident. Witch claimed she was taken hostage and sexually assaulted by the inmate, but prosecutors say those claims were part of a failed scheme to get the chaplain and the inmate a transfer to another prison.
Witch, the first Wiccan chaplain hired by the state in 2001, is charged with sexual assault by corrections staff and delivering narcotics and illegal items to an inmate.
WLUK-TV ( http://bit.ly/pkwycM
) reports Witch is on paid administrative leave.