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Competency evaluation ordered in child sex assault case

May 17, 2019

JUNEAU — A competency evaluation has been ordered for a 49-year-old Beaver Dam woman accused of coercing a teenage boy into a sexual relationship with her.

Jennifer B. Schmidt appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Sciascia Thursday and her attorney John Smerlinski brought up concerns about her competency. Sciascia ordered a competency evaluation before further proceedings.

Schmidt is charged with a felony count of sexual assault of a child under 16 and two felony counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. She could face up to 120 years in prison and $300,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, the mother of the victim contacted police May 12 to report that Schmidt was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with her 15-year-old son. The boy told police that Schmidt had asked him to have sex with her and he told her that she was too old. He said he had non-consensual sex with Schmidt after she threatened to kill his sister’s unborn child.

Police contacted Schmidt, and according to the complaint, she originally denied having a sexual relationship with the boy, but her story changed a few days later when police spoke to her again.

According to the criminal complaint, Schmidt said the physical relationship began in March and that she knew it was wrong the whole time. Schmidt allegedly told officers that they used condoms and had sex about 10 times in March and three times in April.