RICHLAND CENTER — Richland
Center's police chief has been charged with sexually
assaulting a bartender and stealing her tips.
Chief Lucas Clements faces
three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and theft. A
criminal complaint says Clements groped the female
bartender multiple times at the unnamed bar last June. The
bartender told state investigators Clements appeared drunk
when he arrived and she served him three drinks before he
groped her in the bar area, in an office and a bathroom.
The State Journal reports
the complaint says the woman went outside and hid behind a
truck because she was scared. It says she went back in the
bar after Clements left and saw $340 in tip money was
Clements says any contact
with the woman was consensual. He's on paid leave.
Each misdemeanor carries up
to nine months in jail upon conviction.