This is not the first public controversy for Witch, a mother of two and Girl Scout leader who has a master's degree in theology from the University of Wisconsin. According to a 2001 article in the Los Angeles Times, Witch volunteered for years counseling inmates in Wisconsin prisons until applying for the job of chaplain at the Oshkosh Correctional Facility in 2001. When she was awarded the position by the prison chaplain, there was a public outcry -- including by then-representative Scott Walker, now Wisconsin's governor.
"Not only does she practice a different religion than most of the inmates -- she practices a religion that actually offends people of many other faiths, including Christians, Muslims and Jews. Taxpayers shouldn't be forced to accept this hocus-pocus," Walker said at the time.
His office did not return calls for comment on the charges.
The prison's then-warden, Gary McCaughtry, had high praise for Witch.
"Jamyi is an outstandingly approachable person -- somebody that I wouldn't mind approaching on spiritual matters myself," he told the L.A. Times.
Witch told police she had been unhappy at the prison and did not like her co-workers. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has put Witch on administrative leave while it conducts an internal investigation, according to a spokeswoman.
Witch is free on bail and is due back in court Sept. 22 for a preliminary hearing.