Tom Kocourek biography 2022

Sheriff Tom Kocourek

Tom Kocourek biography

Tom Kocourek was another corrupt Sheriff. 

In 1985, the sheriff's office targeted Steven Avery, then 23, for an attack and sexual assault committed near Lake Michigan outside the Manitowoc city limits. However, city police detective Tom Bergner suspected that a dangerous predator, Gregory Allen, was the likely rapist, not Avery. Allen had been prosecuted for lewd and lascivious conduct in 1983. Allen's crime occurred in the same area where the woman was brutalized around 4 p.m. on July 29, 1985. He shared his suspicions with the sheriff's department, but to no avail.

Avery insisted he was innocent of the sexual assault along the beachfront. Still, the Manitowoc County authorities and a Manitowoc County jury did not believe him. He spent 18 years in prison before exonerating by DNA evidence that showed Allen committed the assault just as Manitowoc city police suspected.

last updated October 2022

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