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BURNETT COUNTY -- The Court has accepted a Deferred Agreement on a case charging Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers with sexual assault.
Sybers received criminal charges in October 2021 following an investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office into allegations that Sybers had sexually assaulted an adult female.
In November 2020, Sybers was at the Pheasant Inn located in Siren, WI, not in police uniform. While at the Pheasant Inn, Sybers allegedly made contact with an adult female who was on probation at that time and was prohibited from being in a bar or consuming alcohol.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Sybers, he made contact with the adult female victim and others at the establishment, stating that he had taken some time off work, and they had nothing to worry about.
Sybers allegedly asked if he could give the victim a hug, and after she consented, he did so. However, during the hug, the criminal complaint states that he put his hand on her buttock and squeezed it. The alleged victim’s boyfriend confronted Sybers about the alleged assault, however, the alleged victim advised the boyfriend that Sybers was the police chief and "got the boyfriend to calm down."
A short time later, Sybers approached the victim at the bar, put a "wad of money" on the bar, told her that the money was for "grabbing her butt," and then walked away, according to the complaint.
Sybers was charged with Misdemeanor 4th Degree Sexual Assault in Burnett County Circuit Court. Online circuit court records show that a deferred agreement has been filed on the case. Details of the conditions of the agreement are not listed in online court records, however, Sybers is scheduled to appear for a review hearing in January 2023.
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Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.