Former Burlington police sergeant learns his sentence for sexually assaulting a woman while on duty
RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) – A former Burlington police sergeant had his sentencing hearing on Monday, June 17, over sexual assault charges.
The 31-year-old former sergeant was ordered by a judge to three years' probation with a list of conditions, which include one year in jail.
“I understand the severity of what I have done, what I have done to K.R. and her family, what I have done to my own family, and the disgrace I have brought to my profession,” said Matthew Baumhardt.
Former Burlington police sergeant Baumhardt apologized for his actions in court. He’s accused sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.
“I reported my rape because I truly believe that if I hadn’t, it would have happened again to someone else,” said the victim K.R.
The victim spoke about what happened to her on July 29, 2018 after leaving a wedding reception, intoxicated, and trying to walk home.
“I know that he was standing outside his vehicle when he called me over and that his vehicle was off, which means the dash cam was off,” said K.R.
The victim told investigators she asked Baumhardt for a ride home, and instead she was taken to a K-9 training facility and assaulted.
“There were opportunities to change that; turn on your body camera, called for backup, called a witness,” said Judge Wynne Laufenberg.
Baumhardt pleaded no contest for a lighter charge of 4th degree sexual assault and took responsibility for his actions in court.
“I am truly sorry,” said Baumhardt. “I am now focused on my marriage and my family.”
Bauhardt was given three years' probation with conditions that include one year in jail, registering as a sex offender, and not possessing a firearm.
“I do know that I did the right thing in reporting my rape if it helps at least one less girl from being assaulted," the victim said.
A restitution hearing was scheduled for September 6, where counseling costs for the victim will be discussed.