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August 23, 2019

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Judge denies request for bond reduction in Iliopoulos case
River News Staff

A judge on Monday rejected a defense motion to reduce the $50,000 cash bond set in the case of a Tomahawk man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) student last November.

Andrew M. Morgan, defense counsel for Stavros Iliopoulos, 66, filed a motion June 11 requesting the $50,000 cash bond set in November be reduced to "amount he can reasonably post."

In the motion, Morgan notes that his client is indigent and therefore has been unable to post bond. He also notes Iliopoulos is in "failing health", having been transported to the hospital and clinic on multiple occasions since he has been in custody and having underwent "artery bypass surgery."

Furthermore, Morgan contends that the defense is "under a number of disadvantages that would be lessened if the defendant is out of custody and able to more actively contribute to the development of his defense."

Specifically, Morgan wrote that he would like for Iliopoulos to be able to examine and discuss security footage from the school in detail.

"Trial is set for early September, and there appears to be a great deal of work needed to be done quickly and efficiently if the trial is to be informed and fair," he wrote.

The state, represented by assistant district attorney Mary Sowinski, opposed the motion in court Monday.

Judge Michael Bloom noted that Morgan's concerns about ensuring his client is able to review the security footage are legitimate but added that the primary factors that caused him to set a high cash bond in the first place, including potential corroboration of the child's story, have not changed and thus he denied the motion.

As for ensuring that Iliopoulos is able to access discovery, Bloom said he agreed that "there are accommodations that can and should be made" but stressed that he has limited ability to control what happens at the jail.

Iliopoulos was charged Nov. 21 with first-degree sexual assault of a child, false imprisonment and child enticement after a Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) student claimed he intercepted her as she attempted to enter a restroom and touched her inappropriately.

Iliopoulos was working as a school custodian at the time of the alleged assault but was later fired by Victory Janitorial which has a contract with the School District of Rhinelander to clean school buildings.

According to the complaint, the girl told investigators she left her classroom to use the restroom when Iliopoulos approached her and asked for a hug. She declined and attempted to go back to her classroom, but Iliopoulos took her to a closet instead, she reported. In the closet, the girl said Iliopoulos hugged and kissed her and then began to touch her over and under her clothing. She said she tried to reach the door handle but Iliopoulos grabbed her arm and pushed it up against the wall. He eventually let her out of the closet with a warning not to tell anyone what happened, she reported.

Iliopoulos has denied the allegations, claiming that the child wanted to see the inside of the closet and he told her to get out.

In his bond modification motion, Morgan noted that the evidence against Iliopoulos is "primarily the word of the accusing child. The DNA report filed April 10, 2019 specifies only that male DNA was found on the child's person, but then without basis in science, instead relying on the child's word, assumes this DNA belongs to the defendant. School security footage does not show the alleged assault. The child's story, and the overall evidence so far, contain many incongruities."

A final pre-trial conference in this case has been set for Aug. 20 and a jury trial is scheduled for September.

If convicted, Iliopoulos faces up to life in prison.

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