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Former DCHS intern pleads not guilty to sexual assault of client

November 7, 2016 GMT

JUNEAU — A 37-year-old Columbus man pleaded not guilty Monday to sexual assault charges, having allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a client while he was an intern for the Dodge County Health and Human Services Department.

Kyle Reilly is charged with two misdemeanor counts of fourth degree sexual assault. He faces up to one and a half years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

During his initial appearance in court, Dodge County Circuit Court Commissioner Steven Seim set a $500 signature bond for Reilly with the condition that he have no contact with his victim.

Due to a conflict of interest, the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office requested a special prosecutor and the case was forwarded to the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.

On April 5 the sheriff’s office was contacted by Dodge County officials who requested an investigation of an incident that has occurred involving an intern who worked for the Dodge County Human Services and Health Department (DCHSH).

The investigation revealed that the intern, identified as Reilly, has developed and maintained a personal relationship with a client that was inappropriate and sexual in nature.

Reilly was an unpaid intern with the department through UW-Whitewater. The internship began in September 2015 and was ended March 1, 2016, after DCHSH learned of the relationship.

In late March DCHSH received a police report from the Horicon Police Department related to an incident which took place in late February. Once the department learned of the police report they notified the sheriff’s office about possible criminal activity.

Reilly will appear in court on Dec. 5.