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June 17, 2019

4/18/2019 7:27:00 AM
Rhinelander man charged in 2018 assault outside tavern
River News Staff

A 27-year-old Rhinelander man has been charged with sexually assaulting a nearly unconscious woman outside a local establishment nearly a year ago.

According to a criminal complaint filed April 12, Jacob G. Larson was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 28, 2018, after officers from the Rhinelander Police Department were dispatched to the rear parking lot of a local tavern.

The officers were dispatched to the scene after the department received multiple 911 calls reporting a male having sex with an unconscious female, the complaint states.

"The male was identified as wearing a black jacket and blue jeans," the complaint states. "One of the 911 callers reported that the female was yelling 'No!'"

Officers located Larson, who was wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, in the rear of the tavern near the top of the steps to the back entrance, the complaint states.

A woman described as "nearly unconscious" was found nearby, the police report continues.

"She was able to identify the city she was in as Rhinelander and her name, but unable to articulate anything else," the complaint states. "She kept going in and out of consciousness as Deputy Johnson and Rhinelander Police Officer Amanda Young attempted talking to her."

The woman later told police she remembers Larson being at the tavern that night but has no memory of anything else until she woke up in the hospital the next day.

"She would not have consented to having sex with Larson, and provided several specific and personal reasons why she would not have given such consent; and, that when she arrived in the hospital her blood alcohol concentration was tested and the result was .32," the complaint states.

Meanwhile, witnesses at the scene told officers they called police because they heard a woman crying and yelling "No, no."

One of the callers observed the female was not moving whatsoever and both of her arms were flat on the ground, not moving, and that she appeared to be unconscious, the complaint states.

In addition to second degree sexual assault, Larson is also charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and bail jumping. The complaint does not indicate why the charges were not filed until nearly a year after the alleged incident took place.

Larson made an initial appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday. He is free on a $10,000 signature bond pending a preliminary hearing June 12.

If convicted, he faces more than 46 years in prison.

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