SAWYER COUNTY — Criminal charges have been filed against an LCO Officer following a domestic incident.
A criminal complaint has been filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against Christopher Leverton. According to the criminal complaint, Leverton was employed by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Police Department at the time of the incident.
In December 2018, Sawyer County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted with the reported incident during which Leverton allegedly locked the victim out of the residence while she was wrapped in only a towel because Leverton was upset with her.
According to the criminal complaint, Leverton went through the victim’s phone while she was in the shower and became upset regarding alleged conversations that he saw on the phone. Upon the victim exiting the shower, Leverton allegedly grabbed her, cursed at her, and removed her from the residence, locking the doors so she could not re-enter the residence.
The victim told Deputies that she was locked outside for around 10 minutes after which she was able to locate a hammer and break a lock and get inside the garage of the residence. Leverton told Deputies that she was only outside for 3 or 4 minutes and that he did that to separate her from him and keep her safe until he calmed down.
The criminal complaint goes on to state that Leverton also allegedly broke the case of the victim’s work cell phone resulting in the victim believing that her cell phone was also broken.
Leverton is charged with Misdemeanor Domestic Abuse Disorderly Conduct and Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property. According to online circuit court records, Leverton appeared for a bail bond hearing on December 19 and was placed on a $1,000 signature bond with conditions that he have no abusive or violent contact with the victim.
Online circuit court records also show that a special prosecutor from Bayfield County was assigned to handle the criminal and a judge from outside Sawyer County will also be assigned to preside over the case. A future court date for Leverton was not listed in online circuit court records at the time of this post.
A review of the Spooner Police Department’s webpage indicates that Leverton is also a part-time employee of their department.
DrydenWire.com placed multiple calls to the LCO Tribal Police Department, the Spooner Police Department and the Bayfield County District Attorney’s Office to ascertain the current job status of Leverton, however, none of those calls had been returned at the time of this post.
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.