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Prostitute started probe of Kronenwetter officer

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WAUSAU (WAOW) – Wausau police arrested a veteran Kronenwetter policeman after a prostitute told investigators about “several sexual encounters for money” with him, Capt. Greg Hagenbucher said Monday.

Detectives spent two days confirming and verifying the woman's allegations before Jason Rasmussen, 41, was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute and encouraging probation violations, Hagenbucher said.

No charges were filed Monday.

Rasmussen has been placed on paid administrative leave, Kronenwetter Police Chief Dan Joling said Friday. Rasmussen has worked for the department since July 2006.

According to Hagenbucher, a woman approached a Wausau police officer last Tuesday on an unrelated call and asked to talk in private, informing the officer that she advertised on backpage.com in the Green Bay area and was working as prostitute.

She told the officer that Rasmussen was one of her clients for the past six months, Hagenbucher said in a statement.

She said she first met with him in Green Bay, but sexual encounters for money also took place in the Village of Kronenwetter and in Wausau,” Hagenbucher said. “The woman provided details of several sexual encounters for money.”

Rasmussen was cooperative during his arrest and provided investigators with some information, Hagenbucher said. No details were released.

The allegations remain under investigation and no police reports are expected to be given to the Marathon County district attorney's office until later in the week, he said.

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