Inmate injures officer
Prisoner at Waupaca County jail accused of biting, kicking, scratching
Tyler C. Peterson, 27, Hancock, is charged with battery to an officer and discharging bodily fluid at an officer.
A safekeeper inmate from Adams County, Peterson was on discipline and suicide watch. He was not allowed to have a blanket or mattress during the day.
Shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday, May 30, Corrections Deputy Mike Rill tried to talk Peterson into bringing out his blanket and mattress.
According to the criminal complaint, Peterson told Rill they would have to come and get it.
Four officers suited up in safety gear and entered the cell.
Deputy Charles Zeichert snatched the blanket and threw it out of the cell.
Then Zeichert grabbed the mattress Peterson was lying on and Peterson reportedly began kicking the officers.
During the altercation, the visor on Zeichert’s helmet popped open.
When Peterson seized Rill’s helmet, Zeichert tried to remove Peterson’s hand.
Peterson then allegedly bit Zeichert’s left ring finger.
When Zeichert pulled his hand away, Peterson spat in his face, the complaint says.
Zeichert reported that he suffered a kick to his head, scratches to his face, a jammed right wrist and a bite that broke skin.
Peterson is scheduled for an initial appearance in Waupaca County court on June 18.
On June 20, 2013, Peterson was convicted of third-degree sexual assault in Adams County, placed on five years probation, and ordered to register as a sex offender.
On Aug. 28, 2014, Peterson was charged in Adams County with failure to update his information on the sex registry.
On Dec. 17, 2014, he was convicted of the sex registry offense and sentenced to one year in prison.
That same day, Peterson’s probation for the assault was revoked, and he was sentenced to five years in prison.
While at Jackson Correctional, Peterson was charged with delivering illegal materials to other inmates. He was convicted on Oct. 31, 2017, and placed on three years of probation.
On Feb. 18, 2019 Peterson was released on extended supervision.
On March 1, Peterson was charged in Adams County with tampering with his GPS tracking device.
On May 28, his probation on delivering illegal materials was revoked and he was sentenced to two years in prison.
Peterson is scheduled to appear in Adams County court on July 15 on the tampering with his GPS charge.