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By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 7/14/2010 10:29 AM | Updated: 7/14/2010 5:30 PM

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A Lake County sheriff's deputy has been suspended after being charged with attempting to assault a woman whom he reportedly had been stalking for months.

Jack Johnson, a three-year deputy with the Lake County Sheriff's Office, has been charged with one count of attempted second-degree sexual assault while armed and one count of false imprisonment while armed by the Kenosha County state's attorney's office, said Sgt. Christopher Thompson of the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

If found guilty, Johnson could be sentenced to up to 20 years on the sexual assault charge and six years on the false imprisonment charge. Both charges are felonies.

Johnson is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bond, said officials with the Kenosha County state's attorney's office. He is not allowed to have contact with the victim or go to her residence or place of business. He also is not allowed to carry a gun.

He is expected back in court on July 30, officials said.

According to the official complaint on file with the state's attorney's office, Johnson, 36, went on July 5 to the Twin Lakes, Wis., business where the victim works. He was driving a Lake County sheriff's squad car and wearing his deputy's uniform.

Johnson told the victim, an acquaintance, that he had been "stalking her for months."

The victim refused Johnson's repeated sexual advances, the complaint said. Johnson then asked the victim to use the business' bathroom, the complaint states. He told the victim a broken pipe was found, prompting the victim to go to the bathroom to inspect it, the complaint states.

Johnson grabbed her wrists when she went into the bathroom and attempted to assault her, the complaint states. Johnson also threatened to handcuff the victim.

He eventually left the business when other people arrived.

Then, on July 6, the victim saw Johnson's Lake County squad car circling a nearby parking lot and driving down the street in front of the business, the complaint adds. The Kenosha County state's attorney's office has video surveillance showing the squad car outside the business, the complaint states.

A report was filed with the Twin Lakes Police Department as well as the Internal Affairs Division of the Lake County Sheriff's Office, Thompson said.

Johnson was taken into custody at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in Genoa City, Wis., without incident, Thompson said.

He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the criminal and internal case against him, Thompson said. Johnson has also been stripped of all police powers, Thompson added, and all sheriff's office property has been confiscated.