Zoo director can earn dismissal of sexual assault charges

Ronda Schwetz, the director of Henry Vilas Zoo, will have sexual assault charges against her dismissed in two years under an agreement with the city of Seattle, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. Schwetz has been on leave due to allegations that she sexually assaulted a co-worker during a 2018 work trip, but she will return to work on Monday, Oct. 18. The agreement with the city of Seattle states her criminal charges can be dismissed in two years if she completes alcohol treatment and follows other rules. Her alleged victim called the agreement “utterly thoughtless.” He said he was told by the prosecutor in the case that the deal was made because “it is just so important that Ronda gets the help that she needs.” 

 “Everything that I have suffered is for nothing because the city of Seattle believes that the defendant is the victim,” the man told the Seattle Municipal Court.