Lisa Riniker

Lisa-RinikerEven among the most questionable prosecutors, one needs to be a really special sort of child-sex weirdo to prosecute a 6-year-old boy on charges of 1st-degree sexual assault — for playing “doctor.”

Lucky for Wisconsin taxpayers, Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker is the right nut for the job, and she’s joined in her quest by social worker Jan Moravits and Detective James Kopp, all three of whom are presently being sued for malicious prosecution and for sundry constitutional rights violations.

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August 4, 2012: A judge has, for now, dismissed two aggrieved parents’ lawsuit, on behalf of their child, against deranged Grant County DA Lisa Riniker, citing “malicious prosecution and constitutional rights violations.” The judge conceded, however, that the bizarre actions of the defendants — not only DA Riniker, but also social worker Jan Moravits and Sargeant James Kopp […]

January 3, 2012: Over at The Agitator, Radley Balko asks who should win The 2011 Worst Prosecutor of the Year Award. "This year’s winner will be added to the annals of ignominy, along with prior winners Forrest Allgood, Mary Beth Buchanan, and Tanya Treadway," writes Balko. Among this year's contenders: Durham, North Carolina, District Attorney Tracey Cline; Catherine Voelker, supervisor of the Narcotics and Misdemeanors division, Ventura County, California, DA’s Office; Prince William County, Virginia, State’s Attorney Paul Ebert; Grant County, Wisconsin, District Attorney Lisa Riniker; Texas 31st Judicial District Attorney Lynn Switzer; Cook County, Illinois, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez; Williamson County, Texas District Attorney John Bradley; Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood; Colorado District Attorney Carol Chambers; and Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams.

November 29, 2011: "I can’t imagine six-year-olds get a lot of mail. Why would they need to? And in addition to the danger of being hit by a moving vehicle, they aren’t even tall enough to retrieve it from the box. However, a young boy in Grant County recently got some interesting mail when he received an official summons by Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker, bringing a first-degree sexual assault charge against him after he played 'doctor' with two five-year-old friends. For a game, a first grader has been brought up on felony sex charges. This obviously must be some sort of a joke, right? I mean where are his parents, and why aren’t they all over the news speaking on behalf of their son?

Oh wait, that’s right – it’s currently illegal for them do so."

November 18, 2011: Lawsuit against Grant County, Wisconsin's James E. Kopp, Jan Moravits, DA Lisa Riniker, alleging violations of 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments. A lawsuit that sheds whole new light on the case, and suggests it has nothing to do with justice (oh, shock) and everything to do with back-scratching and wanton abuse of offical duties. According to the lawsuit, the alleged victim of the 6-year-old boy ("D") and his felonious game of "doctor" is none other than the "daughter of a well-known political figure in Grant County, Wisconsin. Although, the political figure’s 5 year-old son (present with his 5 year-old sister), allegedly committed a similar act, the son was not charged. Instead, only D was charged. D was investigated by Defendant Jan Moravits of Grant County Social Services, whose regional supervisor (Ms. L) is the political figure’s wife’s sister-in-law, and is defined by the political figure (and by Ms. L) as the aunt of the two aforementioned 5 year-old children (of the political figure). Moravits wrote a scathing report critical of D calling for his prosecution and assuring the parents of D that in Grant County, Wisconsin a 6 year-old is and was not immune to criminal prosecution. But as to the other child, the political figure’s son, Moravits did not call for the laying of charges against him."

November 17, 2011: From the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: Lawsuit contends officials violated civil rights; seeks damages and an injunction against Grant County, Wisconsin detective James E. Kopp, social worker Jan Moravits, and District Attorney Lisa Riniker. According to Journal Sentinel, the lawsuit contends "the whole investigation was biased because the girl's father is a 'well-known political figure in Grant County,' and her aunt a regional social services supervisor. It claims now-retired Grant County Sheriff's Sgt. James Kopp 'waged a relentless campaign to discredit and embarrass and humiliate 6-year-old D,' and that the entire process was unreasonable and unconscionable. More recently, Riniker has tried to coerce D's parents into signing a consent decree by implying she will seek to remove the couple's children from their custody...."

August 3, 2011: Although experts in child sexual behavior say that "sexual exploration or play is normal for children," and that it would be "completely outside accepted medical practice to characterize a 6-year-old's actions as sexual assault," none of this appears to enter the bizarre mind of District Attorney Lisa Rinker, who is now graciously offering a plea bargain to the 6-year-old boy she charged with 1st-degree felony sexual assault for playing "doctor."

May 2, 2011: A girl’s mother found her daughter in the boy’s yard “with her skirt and underpants around her ankles” and the boy sitting underneath her, penetrating her with his finger. For Lisa Rinker, this means the boy “did have sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12," as state law defines sexual intercourse, in part, as “intrusion, however slight, of any part of a person’s body.” The girl told her mother they were playing “butt doctor” and told authorities the boy only touched her on the outside of her body, court documents state. A third child, a 5-year-old boy, also was with them, but he did not touch her inappropriately, the girl said. The boy’s lawyer called the allegations “crazy” and said he has never heard of a 6-year-old being accused of first-degree sexual assault. Mike Walsh, Dane County deputy district attorney in charge of juvenile cases, said even very young children can engage in “extreme victimizing behaviors.” The youngest child Walsh brought a petition against for sexual assault was an 8-year-old boy.