Inmates charged with battery
Five separate felony cases have been filed against two inmates that Waupaca County jail is holding for other counties.
Kendell J. Gaetz, 19, Wisconsin Rapids, is charged in Waupaca County with three counts of disorderly conduct, two counts of resisting an officer, and one count each of battery to an officer, spitting at an officer, interfering with a fire alarm and criminal damage to property.
Gaetz faces charges in Wood County of second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement, resisting an officer, possessing a switchblade and felony bail jumping.
Mitchell R. Stoltz, 18, Plover, is charged in Waupaca County with interfering with a fire alarm, battery by a prisoner and two counts of disorderly conduct.
Stoltz faces charges in Portage County of burglary, auto theft, criminal damage to property, felony child abuse and delivery of marijuana.
On Jan. 21, Deputy Michael DeSantis was preparing to return the inmates to their cells after lunch.
All the inmates of D Pod had returned their trays, except for Gaetz, who continued eating for several minutes after DeSantis ordered him to finish.
According to the criminal complaint, Gaetz began arguing with DeSantis.
DeSantis then presented Gaetz with a form notifying him that he was to serve 20 days of discipline. Gaetz refused to sign the form.
Deputy Jared Portman then ordered Gaetz to pack his belongings because he would be relocated to the discipline pod.
Gaetz then refused to leave his cell, the complaint says. He reportedly was holding the four-foot long plastic lid from his storage container.
Five officers then prepared to go into Graetz’s cell to remove him.
Sgt. Debra Krueger asked Graetz if he was willing to submit to being handcuffed and moved to the discipline pod.
“Does it look like I’m going to do that?” Graetz said, according to the criminal complaint.
The deputies then entered his cell, grappled with Graetz, brought him to the floor, shocked him with a stun gun and escorted him to a cell in the discipline pod. During this incident he reportedly spit at Krueger.
On March 8, deputies report that Gaetz became agitated while they were escorting another inmate into the discipline pod. He allegedly began pounding his fists against the window of his cell, then began kicking his cell door repeatedly.
Corrections officers report that Gaetz later filed down his toothbrush, then took off his jumpsuit, removed his T-shirt, then placed it into his toilet and put it back on. Officers turned off the water to his cell because they suspected he was preparing to flood it.
Gaetz then removed his bed sheet, folded it along its length and looped the sheet around the top end of his bunk bed, the complaint says.
At this point, four deputies prepared to enter his cell.
Deputy Jon Czerwinski told Gaetz he could either lay down on the floor with his hands behind his back so he could be handcuffed or he would be stunned, then removed from his cell.
Gaetz then laid down and was handcuffed. As he was escorted out of the cell and to another, more secure cell, he allegedly struggled with the deputies, injuring Czerwinski, in the process.
On March 19, Gaetz and Stoltz tampered with the fire sprinklers in their cells, using their toothbrushes to pry off pieces of the equipment, the complaint says.
Although deputies turned off the water to their cells, Gaetz allegedly caused flooding in three cells and the dayroom.