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Sexual assault charges filed against Waukesha sex offender

A man convicted two decades ago of sexually assaulting young girls is facing new charges that could put him back behind bars for life. The 46-year-old from Waukesha, Wisconsin, could have a very tough legal battle because of his sex offender status.

According to a criminal complaint, the man is accused of inappropriately touching his stepdaughter and her friends on multiple occasions during slumber parties held over the past five years. In March of this year, the complaint says, the man had all of the girls take Melatonin, a natural sleep aid, and that one of the girls said she woke up to find the man sexually assaulting her.

More recently, accusations came to light in the past several weeks after another sleepover at the man's house. One of his stepdaughter's friends reported waking up while the man was touching her and later told her mother, who reported the incident to police. The man denied the accusation, saying that if he touched her at all it was accidental, and that the girls were lying.

The man is being held in the Waukesha County Jail and has been charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child less than 13 years old. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 420 years in prison.

Needless to say, the man's status as a registered sex offender will make his defense considerably more challenging, particularly because the crimes of which he's currently accused are similar to those for which he's already been convicted. Bias against sex offenders for their previous crimes, no matter how long ago their original conviction was or how successful their treatment may have been, is a problem that can plague them for the rest of their lives even if they're never formally charged with another crime.

Sex offenders who are regularly in the presence of children or other people perceived as potential victims can protect themselves against further allegations by avoiding certain situations, such as being left alone with children. The fact that this defendant has had exposure to his stepdaughter and other minors for so many years will make his defense difficult, though not impossible. At the very least, his attorney should work to ensure that the jury seated at his trial, should he have one, is able to remain unbiased against him, regardless of his criminal history.

Source: Waukesha Patch, "Waukesha Sex Offender Accused of Assaulting Young Girls," Joe Petrie, July 25, 2012

  • Our firm handles similar situations to the one discussed in this post. If you would like to learn more about our practice, please visit our Wisconsin sex crimes page.

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