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Former educator, Polo officer found not guilty of sex assault

Wade Winekauf
Wade Winekauf

OREGON – A former school superintendent, coach and part-time Polo police officer was found not guilty of sexual assault and other charges in a bench trial today in Ogle County.

Wade R. Winekauf, 60, originally from Tipton, Iowa, was charged with unlawful restraint and two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery on Dec. 17, 2015, in the wake of a fight with a woman that Nov. 27 in Grand Detour, where he lived at the time. Two counts of felony sexual assault were added on Sept. 1, 2017.

Those charges were amended April 3 to two counts of criminal sexual assault, one of restraint and two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery.

Wednesday, after a 2-day bench trial, Judge Robert Hanson found Winekauf not guilty on all counts. Paul Whitcombe of Dixon is his attorney; he could not be reached for further details this afternoon.

At the time of his arrest, Winekauf had been superintendent of the Earlville School District in northern LaSalle County since 2012; he was paid $192,000 in severance pay in installments from Feb. 4, 2016 to Nov. 1, 2017. 

He also was a former Polo High School teacher and football coach.

Because the terms of his release prevented him from possessing firearms, Winekauf had to leave the Polo force.

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