RHINELANDER (WAOW) – The family of a Pelican Lake man is suing Oneida County and the county's former medical examiner over the theft of some body parts from the man after he died, according to court records.
The civil lawsuit, filed in Oneida County Circuit Court, seeks unspecified damages for federal and state violations of the family's rights to the remains, attorney Brian Formella said Tuesday.
The lawsuit comes just days after former medical examiner Traci England, 46, was convicted of two felony counts of misconduct in office for taking tissue from two dead people to train her cadaver dog. She is to be sentenced Feb. 10.
According to Formella, the plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit are David Olejnik's parents and two of his siblings. Olejnik died and an autopsy was performed in Fond du Lac under England's supervision, the attorney said.
England was charged with misconduct in office in 2012 and resigned as medical examiner shortly after the charges were filed.
Forest County District Attorney Charles Simono, who was assigned to prosecute the criminal case against England, said a 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.