Deputy married inmate he’s accused of sexually assaulting

Jeff Hilgers also faces possession of child porn charges

A former Dane County deputy has married the inmate he’s accused of sexually assaulting.

Jeff Hilgers was in court Wednesday on charges of second-degree sexual assault for starting a relationship with an inmate when she was out on electronic monitoring.

The criminal complaint said Hilgers was the deputy assigned to the Dane County Jail unit where a 43-year-old Madison woman was an inmate. The woman was released from jail but was on an electronic monitoring program when she and Hilgers allegedly began a sexual relationship after seeing each other in a grocery store. The woman was an inmate during six weeks of the alleged relationship.

Hilgers is also charged with eight counts of possessing child porn.

During the investigation, officers found images of child pornography on computers in Hilgers’ home, according to a criminal complaint. There were 44 files that reportedly contained child pornography.

Hilgers resigned before an administrative hearing scheduled for Aug. 14, 2013, Dane County officials said.

His preliminary hearing was continued until next month.