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September 15, 2019

8/22/2019 7:27:00 AM
Iliopoulos trial set for Sept. 4
Heather Schaefer and Jamie Taylor
Of the Northwoods River News

Just one day into the new school year former Northwoods Community Elementary School (NCES) janitor Stavros Iliopoulos will stand trial on felony charges including first-degree child sexual assault, false imprisonment and child enticement.

Iliopoulos, 66, was in Oneida County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a final pretrial conference in the case at which time assistant district attorney Mary Sowinski and defense attorney Andrew N. Morgan advised Judge Michael Bloom they are prepared to proceed with the two-day jury trial Sept. 4, 5.

Still to be resolved are motions in limine filed by both the state and the defense. Bloom indicated he intends to make rulings on the motions on the morning of the first day of trial.

The motions include a request from the defense for the jury to visit the school where the alleged incident took place.

Iiopoulos was charged with the three felonies on Nov. 21, 2018 after a NCES student claimed he intercepted her as she attempted to enter a restroom and touched her inappropriately in a janitor's closet.

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 criminal complaint in the case, 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.

If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

Iliopoulos is being held in the Oneida County jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

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