Judge gives jailor 30 years for having sex with inmates

MADISON — A judge has sentenced a Polk County jailor to 30 years in prison for having sex with multiple inmates.

Prosecutors charged Darryl Christensen in April with five felony counts of second-degree sexual assault by corrections staff. According to a criminal complaint, Christensen sexually assaulted five female jail inmates on multiple occasions between 2011 and 2014.

Christensen, who turned 49 in May, pleaded guilty to all five counts in November. Washburn County Circuit Judge Eugene Harrington, who presided over the case, sentenced Christensen on Monday to 30 years in prison and 30 years on extended supervision.

Christensen's attorney, Aaron Nelson, asked the judge to give Christensen eight-and-a-half years, calling that a fair punishment given Christensen's age.