By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 58-year-old Boyceville woman initially charged with felony counts of a child sex offender working with children and strangulation has pleaded guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor battery.
Roberta R. Hitz appeared before Judge James Peterson in Dunn County Circuit Court for a plea and sentencing hearing September 29.
[emember_protected] Judge Peterson accepted Hitz’s guilty plea on the misdemeanor battery charge, which replaced the felony count of strangulation, withheld sentencing and placed Hitz on one year of probation.
Judge Peterson dismissed the felony count of a child sex offender working with children and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct with prejudice.
Being dismissed “with prejudice” means being dismissed permanently.
Hitz also was ordered to pay $243 in court costs and a $200 DNA surcharge.
In addition, she was ordered to have no contact with the 30-year-old victim.
According to the criminal complaint, Hitz was convicted of first degree child sexual assault in Dunn County in 1998, was under a lifetime sex offender registry and also had been charged in 2009 as a child sex offender working with children.
According to online court records, Judge Donna J. Muza sentenced Hitz to ten years in state prison on the first degree child sexual assault charge February 18, 1998. A second felony count of child sexploitation was dismissed.
Hitz pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of resisting or obstructing an officer in 2009. Two separate felony charges of a child sex offender working with children and sex registry violation were dismissed on the basis of Hitz agreeing to have the court consider the two felony charges when being sentenced for another crime.
According to the criminal complaint, Boyceville police officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the village in September of 2016. Witnesses had reported a possible physical altercation, and officers were able to locate the vehicle that had been driven by one of the parties.
Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin said when he knocked on the door of a residence, the 29-year-old woman who answered appeared to have been crying. When asked if she had been involved in an altercation, the woman said that she had. The woman’s six-year-old son interrupted saying “they had choked her,” which he demonstrated by holding his hands up to his throat, according to the complaint.
The woman told Police Chief Lamkin she had left her child with Hitz and that she had paid Hitz to take care of him while she was at work. Hitz had contacted the woman around noon and asked when she was coming to pick up her child. The woman said she would be at work until 1 p.m. but agreed to leave work early, according to the complaint.
Hitz later came to the Boyceville Police Department and told Police Chief Lamkin the woman had been upset because she had been asked to leave work early and had been confrontational, according to the complaint.
The woman told Police Chief Lamkin that Hitz had watched her child three days a week for the last two weeks and that Hitz also was the primary caregiver for two other children throughout the summer while they were not in school. [/emember_protected]