RHINELANDER (WAOW) – A former Oneida County medical examiner pleaded guilty Friday to misconduct in office in taking tissue from two dead people to train her cadaver dog, according to online court records.
Traci England, 46, was convicted of two felony counts of misconduct in office in a plea deal that dismissed other charges, including a similar case in Forest County, Oneida County online court records said. She was charged two years ago.
England is to return to court Feb. 10 for sentencing.
Forest County District Attorney Charles Simono, who was assigned to prosecute the case, said the plea deal calls for him to recommend that England be placed on three years probation, that she serve 10 days in jail, that she perform 300 hours of community service and that she write an apology to the families of both victims.
The maximum punishment for the two convictions is seven years in prison, he said.
The families of the two victims agree with the plea deal, the prosecutor said. “The families are just tired of it. They want it resolved.”
Prosecutors said England, who also was the medical examiner in Forest County, told police that she took a human bone to train one of her dogs to search for cadavers.
Her attorney has said England had an “altruistic, innocent intent” in her actions.
England resigned as medical examiner shortly after the charges were filed.