(Williamstown) A veteran parole officer from Williamstown was charged for taking personal items and various other belongings from his parolees. Joey Chiarello is facing a felony count of Misconduct in Office/Failure to Perform Duty and Theft of Movable Property.
In January, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was asked to assist the Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation and Parole with a theft complaint. An ex-spouse came forward after they reportedly found a bag that contained personal belongings to a parolee inside of Chiarello’s home. The ex-spouse also brought two garbage bags to law enforcement that were filled with various documents that disclosed health and personal information of offenders and checks ranging from 13-cents to $468 dollars that were for parolees.
When questioned by investigators, Chiarello allegedly admitted that he should not have had any of the items inside of his home and said he may have taken some stuff when he switched offices from Milwaukee County to Washington County. Chiarello reportedly said he was falling behind on paperwork and wanted to hide that fact from his supervisors so he simply took some of it home. If convicted, the 54-year-old faces over four years in prison. An initial appearance is scheduled in two weeks.