A jailer working inside the Columbia County Jail has been fired for bailing out and subsequently living with an attempted homicide suspect.
Larry Yaap admitted to his supervisors that he gave one of his neighbors $5,000 to bail Ashley L. Adams out of jail in June because he feared their relationship inside the jail could become sexual.
Yaap's neighbor brought Adams back to Yaap's apartment, where she has lived as she awaits trial on numerous charges that carry a maximum penalty of 26 years in prison.
Adams is accused of using a kitchen knife to stab her former live-in partner, Robert Koehler, five times at their Cambria home on Jan. 13. Koehler's lung was punctured in the incident and he was transported by Med Flight to Madison for treatment. Adams has pleaded not guilty and her trial is set to begin in March.
"I developed some sort of connection with her. It's one of those things where you just meet somebody and there's something there," Yaap told Columbia County Sheriff's Office investigators on June 28 in a taped interview, nearly three weeks after Adams had been bailed out.
"I thought the safest thing to do was to bond her out. That way, I don't have to think about her. I can concentrate at work and I don't do, you know the extreme example, have some kind of sexual contact with an inmate in jail,” Yaap said.
Yaap was fired less than an hour after admitting to the violations in department policies as it relates to bailing out and fraternizing with criminal suspects. He and Adams did not respond to News 3's requests to comment further.
"It's an attempted homicide charge. Why would a public servant even consider bailing someone out?" said Koehler in an interview in the home where he was stabbed. "I wonder every day if she's going to show up at my door. Every day I wonder.”
"I understand people getting bailed out, that's the law. However, when I heard how she got bailed out, I did feel like a victim all over again,” Koehler said.
Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey said in an email to News 3 that she did not expect Yaap's actions with Adams to have any impact on the upcoming trial, calling it "immaterial to the facts of the case."
Yaap is not facing criminal charges.