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December 13, 2017

12/2/2017 7:27:00 AM
Lake Tomahawk man charged with sexual assault of a child

Kayla Breese
Feature Writer

A Lake Tomahawk man has been charged with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, a Class C felony.

According to a criminal complaint filed Nov. 27, R.B.A., 53, is accused of sexually assaulting his 11-year-old stepdaughter several times between Aug. 1 and Nov. 19. The River News is identifying the defendant only by his initials in an attempt to protect the identity of the alleged victim.

According to the complaint, the alleged victim's father went to police Nov. 19 to report that his daughter had been sleeping in the same bed as her stepfather.

The alleged victim told her father that she sometimes sleeps with R.B.A. while her mother sleeps somewhere else and that R.B.A. "tries to hug her and touches her private parts," the complaint states.

On Nov. 20 social workers and officers met with the alleged victim. She stated she lives part-time with her mother, brother and R.B.A. The residence has two bedrooms, one for the children with bunkbeds and one the defendant and the alleged victim's mother had been using, the girl said.

The alleged victim told police that around the beginning of the school year she started sleeping in R.B.A.'s room and her mother would sleep on the couch.

She stated R.B.A. would hug her and get closer to her on the bed and she'd try to move away. On a couple of occasions, the girl said the defendant touched her inappropriately under her clothes. She stated that R.B.A. doesn't sleep with her every night and that he has touched her more than once.

According to the complaint, the alleged victim stated the reason she started sleeping in R.B.A.'s room was because he was tired of the siblings talking and that's why he moved her to his bedroom.

According to the complaint, the girl had a conversation with her grandmother on Nov. 18 at which time the grandmother asked about the sleeping arrangements at the residence.

The alleged victim told her grandmother that she sleeps in R.B.A. and her mother's room, the complaint states. The grandmother thought that was odd and asked if R.B.A. had ever touched her inappropriately. The alleged victim answered in the affirmative. The grandmother told the victim's father who then reported it to the police.

The girl's brother also confirmed that lately his sister has been sleeping in the same room as their stepfather.

The siblings were told that they were too old to share a room, he added,

The alleged victim's mother was also interviewed by police. She told officers she and R.B.A. have been married for about 19 months and that R.B.A. and her daughter "sleep together about one night out of three nights in a week that (her daughter) is at the residence."

According to the complaint, the mother "stated she requested (R.B.A.) sleep with (her daughter)," and that about a week ago her daughter had asked if R.B.A. could sleep with her.

When officers asked the mother about the allegations, she kept saying it was not possible as her husband wouldn't do that and wouldn't hurt anyone.

According to the complaint, R.B.A. was interviewed on Nov. 22 at which time he reportedly "confessed to touching (the alleged victim) twice under the underwear..."

The police report that purportedly includes the alleged confession was not included in the complaint, however.

If convicted, R.B.A. may be fined no more than $100,000, imprisoned no more than 40 years, or both.

An adjourned initial appearance in this case is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Kayla Breese may be reached at

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