Court: Police Illegally Released Deputy's Records to Sheriff's Office
AP via YellowBrix
June 17, 2010
MADISON, Wis. — A court says a police department illegally released the mental health records of a deputy sheriff who shared thoughts of killing two supervisors and himself during therapy.
Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Scott Kuhtz made the statements during a therapy session in Wauwatosa in 2005. Believing the threat was real, his therapist called police. Kuhtz was taken into custody and detained on an emergency basis for treatment.
The Wauwatosa Police Department later gave the sheriff’s department copies of the police report and a statement justifying his emergency detention to let his colleagues know about the threat. Kuhtz was later suspended for 30 days.
The District 1 Court of Appeals agreed with Kuhtz that the release violated a law protecting the confidentiality of treatment records.