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Wisconsin man charged with 23 felony counts of sexual abuse

A Milwaukee man was charged with 23 offenses related to the alleged sexual abuse of five minors. The alleged sex crimes occurred from 1991 to July 2013, according to a complaint that was filed on Aug. 12, 2013.

The 46-year-old man had been the vice president of education for the Midwest region for Universal Companies, which is a non-charter school management company. He was fired from his position after he was taken into police custody. Initially, the man had been charged with 14 felony counts for allegedly assaulting three minors, but the complaint was revised when two other men came forward.

The other two men were identified when officers recovered letters from them when they searched the defendant's home. Letters from both men claimed that the defendant had acted inappropriately with them while they were both underage.

According to the criminal complaint, the man would single out minors and bring them into his residence where the inappropriate activity would take place. The man's lawyer stated that the defense will be contesting the charges against the defendant. They asked that the man's $100,000 bail be reduced, but the court commissioner denied this request.

For those who are convicted of sex crimes, the punishments are incredibly severe. Convicted individuals may be sentenced to prison and be required to register as a sex offender. However, because allegations of sexual abuse are taken so seriously, those who are looking to hurt others may resort to falsely accusing someone of sex crimes. When this happens, an experienced Wisconsin attorney may be able to help. Using the evidence available, the attorney may be able to provide a strong defense and aggressively defend their rights.

Source: Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee educator Ronn Johnson faces new child sex abuse charges", Ashley Luthern, August 12, 2013

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