Chief accused of harassing activist leaves job

Former chief charged with misdemeanor
Chief accused of harassing activist leaves job

The police chief of a small town near La Crosse accused of harassing a local tea party activist is leaving his job.

The Town of Campbell and Tim Kelemen have reached an agreement which pays the chief for about 330 hours. The 37-year-old chief was earlier charged with a misdemeanor and pleaded no contest to unlawful use of a computer.

Kelemen admitted to using the activist’s personal e-mail address to sign him up for online dating services, and even pornographic websites. The chief said it was in response to abusive phone calls and emails in a disagreement over local demonstrations.

Kelemen’s lawyer says the chief will apply for disability benefits for a mental health condition he says stems from harassment by the local tea party activists.

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