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Firefighters' sausage sexual assault cases end in one misdemeanor

Keith Wisakowsky, 27, accepted a plea deal Thursday.
Keith Wisakowsky, 27, accepted a plea deal Thursday. Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

A volunteer firefighter accused of sexually assaulting a man with a sausage and a broomstick accepted a plea deal for a lesser charge Thursday, the Ellis County district attorney’s office announced.

Keith Wisakowsky, 27, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor assault in exchange for two years of probation. As a result, charges against seven other people involved in the case were dropped.

“This agreement was made with the full knowledge and consent of the victim, Jason Waldeck,” Ellis County District Attorney Patrick Wilson said in a statement. “My prosecutors and investigators met with him many times.”

Prosecutors offered Wisakowsky the plea deal last week. Wisakowsky was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, have no contact with Waldeck and refrain from viewing pornography.

Wilson said his staff and Waldeck considered the “many possible outcomes if these cases continued to trial,” which would have happened had Wisakowsky declined the deal.

The incident happened in January 2015 at an Ellis County volunteer fire station southwest of Waxahachie, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

A man told authorities that he had been bent over a couch and held there, face down, while other firefighters assaulted him. The man threw up after he was released and crawled to a bathroom, according to the affidavit.

While he showered, someone took his clothes, the man told authorities. He exited the bathroom wearing only a towel, but one of the firefighters took that away, the affidavit said. The man ran out to his vehicle and put on a pair of shorts.

Wisakowsky was arrested in April 2015 and faced a charge of aggravated sexual assault. Four other firefighters also faced aggravated sexual assault charges: Alec Miller, 29, Casey Stafford, 31, Blake Tucker, 21, and Preston Peyrot, 20.

Brittany Parten, 24, was arrested and accused of imprompter photography or visual recording in connection with filming the incident. Parten was Wisakowsky’s girlfriend, according to a Dallas Morning News report.

Gavin Satterfield, 33, the fire chief at the volunteer station, and William Getzendaner, 36, the assistant chief, were arrested in the case, accused of covering up the incident.

All of their cases were dismissed as a result of Wisakowsky’s plea deal.

This report contains information from the Star-Telegram archives.

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