WAUSAU, Wis. – A married man who planned to rendezvous with one of his handful of lovers at an eastern Wisconsin motel instead found himself bound, blindfolded and assaulted by a group of women out for revenge, according to court documents.
Four women, including his wife, eventually showed up to humiliate the man, who ended up with his penis glued to his stomach in a bizarre plot to punish him for a lovers’ quadrangle gone bad, according to the documents filed in Calumet County.
Now it’s the women who face punishment, perhaps six years in prison, and at least one said Monday the story has gotten twisted and she’s embarrassed.
“I am disturbed. I am upset. I am having a hard time handling life; an emotional wreck,” Wendy Sewell, 43, of Kaukauna, said in a telephone interview from her home. “I am ashamed.”
Sewell, Therese Ziemann, 48, of Menasha, Michelle Belliveau, 43, of Neenah, and the man’s wife are charged with being party to false imprisonment, a felony. Ziemann also is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault.
The women are free on $200 cash bails. Investigators say all the women but Belliveau were romantically involved with the man. Online court records didn’t list defence lawyers for any of the women Monday.
The Associated Press is not naming the man’s wife to protect his identity as an alleged victim of sexual assault.
The women’s plot for revenge unfolded last Thursday at the Lakeview Motel, about 50 kilometres southwest of Green Bay, in the tiny village of Stockbridge near the scenic shores of Lake Winnebago.
Criminal complaints filed Friday allege the man agreed to be bound with “sheer sheets” and blindfolded with a pillowcase for a “rub down” by Ziemann. She instead cut off his underwear with scissors and summoned the others to the room with a text message.
Ziemann struck the man in the face, and used Krazy Glue to attach his penis to his stomach when the other women arrived, according to the complaints. The man told investigators he also was threatened with a gun. Ziemann told investigators she didn’t have a gun but may have told the victim, “Do you know how much I want to shoot you?”
He started screaming and the women rushed off fearful that he could get loose and hurt them but allegedly took his wallet, vehicle and cellphone.
Ziemann told investigators she met the man online through Craigslist, fell in love and paid for his use of a room at the motel for the past two months. She said she gave him about $3,000. Then last Wednesday, she learned from the man’s wife that he was married, had other girlfriends and was “using them for money.” She expected the money to be repaid, according to the documents.
During Thursday’s confrontation with the man, Ziemann told investigators Sewell asked him, “Which one do you love more?” and the man’s wife made a derisive remark about him being scared.
The man got free from the bed by chewing through one of his bindings, went outside and borrowed a telephone from the motel owner to call police.
Ziemann and Belliveau are sisters and Belliveau didn’t do anything wrong, Sewell said Monday. “She was just there for moral support. She wasn’t even dating the guy. She stood at the door the whole time and didn’t participate or nothing.”
Ziemann’s husband answered the telephone at their home and declined comment. There was no telephone listing for Belliveau.