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November 11, 2019

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Spooner man accused of sexually assaulting teen at local water park stands mute at arraignment
By River News Staff

Daniel Scribner, 49, of Spooner stood mute in Oneida County Circuit Court Monday when asked to enter a plea to a single count of second degree sexual assault of a child.

According to a complaint filed June 26, Scribner is accused of inappropriately touching a young female while the two were in the hot tub at the The Waters of Minocqua water park.

The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. A not guilty plea has been entered on Scribner's behalf.

According to the complaint, the teen was staying at the hotel with Scribner, who is described as a family friend, and his teenage child June 16 when he touched her inappropriately while the two were soaking in the hot tub.

The complaint states that the teen told police Scribner touched her thigh and then put his hand under her swimsuit bottom. She said she extricated herself from Scribner, left the hot tub and locked herself in the bathroom of her hotel room where she began texting a friend about the incident. The friend texted the girl's mother who came to the hotel to pick her up, the complaint states.

The complaint also states that police have surveillance video of the teen and Scribner in the hot tub as well as the girl's "quick" exit from the pool area.

In an interview with police, Scribner claimed the girl sat next to him in the hot tub, took his hand and placed it on her genitals.

He said he "pulled it away of course" but she wanted to "hold it down there."

Scribner also told police the teen left the pool area in a hurry because she was "embarrassed for what she had done."

After the investigating officer advised Scribner that the video footage supports the teen's version of events, he requested an attorney, the complaint states.

Since July, Scribner has been represented by attorney Steve Lucareli of Eagle River.

At Monday's arraignment, Lucareli advised Judge Michael Bloom he intends to file a motion to suppress a statement. A hearing on that motion is set for Dec. 20.

Scribner is free on a $2,500 cash bond.

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