Retired Police Chief has Stalking Background
Published Date: Jan. 5, 2011
by Timothy McClanahan
2010 was a hard year for a lot of people, but for some people in Fox Lake, WI, it was the year their stalker was caught. Their stalker turned out to be the former Police Chief, Patrick F. Lynch, who retired from the force in 2009. Lynch was arrested on December 22, and a preliminary hearing has been set for February 1.
Lynch has been charged with more than just stalking - he has also been charged with sexual assault of a child. The stalking victims include multiple young women (some under 18 at the time), as well as his ex-wife's boyfriend, and a former employee of the Fox Lake Police Department.
A criminal complaint was filed against Lynch alleging he fondled and raped a 7-year-old girl in 1989, when he was serving as a police officer in the city of Randolph, WI. The girl says Lynch then stalked her for 19 years.
While some people have said they've heard both good and bad things about Lynch, a neighbor of Lynch said she hadn't seen any signs of such activity in the ten years she's lived next to him.
The Lynch case shows that even law enforcement personnel are not incapable of the same criminal activities they are supposed to protect against. If you have a neighbor who is a police officer, retired or not, a background check is not out of line if you have kids around. Assumptions like that can, in the worst case scenario, cause a life-long heartache.