A deputy with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department, accused of sexually assaulting a teen at a Halloween party, has resigned. Steven L. Stenulson of Janesville was asked to resign in the midst of allegations he sexually assaulted an 18-year-girl November 1st in Milton. According to Sheriff Bob Spoden, the party included underage drinking.
Spoden said the 38 year-old Stenulson resigned November 18th, and the sheriff’s office’s internal investigation ended. Stenulson could have been disciplined or fired as a result of that investigation.
The deputy was arrested Monday, November 2nd, after the teen told Milton police investigators that she awoke from a nap at a Halloween party and found an off-duty deputy assaulting her. The two know each other. Stenulson was charged with second-degree sexual assault, a felony that involves sexual contact with someone not capable of giving consent or who is under the influence of alcohol.
Stenulson was placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. Spoden said he will receive his accrued vacation and sick pay. If convicted of second-degree sexual assault, Stenulson could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison, and a $100,000 fine. He is scheduled to appear in court November 30th for an adjourned initial appearance.