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Kronenwetter cop resigns amid prostitution investigation


KRONENWETTER (WAOW) – A veteran Kronenwetter police officer, charged with having sex with a 19-year-old prostitute in the department, has resigned amid an internal investigation, according to a release from the Kronenwetter Police Department.

Jason Rasmussen, 41, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of having sex with a prostitute and one misdemeanor count of encouraging a probation or parole violation, according to the complaint filed in Marathon County Circuit Court.

A future court date has not been set.

Rasmussen was on paid administrative leave since his arrest in April, up until his resignation on June 7. Rasmussen had worked for the department since July 2006.

According to a release, Rasmussen's resignation means an internal affairs investigation is closed and “no further action will be sought by the department.”

Rasmussen was arrested after a woman approached a Wausau police officer in April on an unrelated call and asked to talk in private, informing the officer that she advertised on in the Green Bay area and was working as a prostitute, police said.

The woman told investigators that Rasmussen was one of her clients for the past six months, she first met him in Green Bay and that three sexual encounters with Rasmussen for money took place in Kronenwetter and in Wausau after she moved to Wausau in December, the complaint said.

She told investigators she was paid $400, $500 and $800 for the sex, the complaint said.

The encounter at the Kronenwetter Police Department took place between Jan. 1 and Jan. 24, the woman told investigators.

She said another took place in her younger cousin's bedroom in her aunt's Wausau home, the complaint said.

The maximum punishment for each count of having sex with a prostitute is nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The woman was placed on probation for two misdemeanor convictions in Waupaca County in January, the complaint said.

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