A man from Wisconsin has been arrested, suspected of two sex crimes. He was the target of an investigation after the woman reported that she had been sexually assaulted last month.
Being charged with a sex crime can lead to serious penalties. The consequences can be even more severe if the individual charged has been previously conviction of crimes. In this particular instance, the Wisconsin man has a criminal record and could be looking at a prison sentence.
The incident allegedly occurred on a hiking trail in Wisconsin. According to the police report, the woman had been running when she was grabbed by a man and sexually assaulted. After he let her go, she found her way to a stranger's home and called the police. Using information from the woman's testimony, law enforcement created a sketch of a suspect. After giving the image to some news outlets, tips began to come in from members of the community.
Police eventually found a suspect who fit their criteria, the Wisconsin man. His truck had been found near the trail and several people who were on the trail the day of the assault claim they saw him that day. Using a task force with the U.S. Marshalls, law enforcement found the man and brought him in.
At this point it is unclear whether the man, while in custody, admitted to committing the crime. Often in sexual assault cases, the use of DNA is vital to connecting a suspect with a victim. However if the man's DNA does not match DNA found at the assault scene, it could exclude him as a possible suspect.
Source: Fond du Lac Reporter: "'Most wanted' arrested in connection with Wild Goose sexual assault," Russell Plummer, Oct. 17, 2011