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January 28, 2014 | 11:46 AMWalworth County Circuit Court Judge Phillip Koss rejected a motion to dismiss a criminal case against a Genoa City man accused of child sexual assault.
Amrik Singh, 53, 410 Wisconsin St., Apt. C, has been charged with sexual assault of a child under the age of 16.
The victim, a 14-year-old girl, told a forensic interviewer that Singh touched her in a sexual manner in Singh’s apartment during the summer of 2013. According to the complaint, Singh also exposed himself to the girl.
If convicted, Singh faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.
Singh’s defense attorney, Aneeq Ahmad, argued that the criminal complaint filed against Singh was insufficient and didn’t provide enough details about the alleged assault.
Ahmad argued that the complaint only identifies the victim as “Victim A,” and it doesn’t explain who the victim is in relation to Singh and why she would have been in his apartment.
“There is no context as to the defendant’s opportunity to commit the offense,” Ahmad’s motion stated.
Singh works for a trucking company and Ahmad wrote that the vagueness of the date hurts his client’s ability to provide an alibi.
“A lack of particularity as to the offense date prevents his ability to present an alibi defense,” Ahmad wrote. He added that this hurts his clients right to a fair trial.
The Lake Geneva Regional News recently filed an open records request with the Genoa City Police Department for all the police reports related to Singh in the village of Genoa City.
Genoa City Police Chief Joseph Balog provided the newspaper with two reports from two separate incidents. One incident was a harassment report complaint filed against a female roommate of Singh’s. Another was a nuisance property complaint. In neither complaint was Singh listed as a suspect, but instead as someone who was “warned” by police.
A third incident, the one related to the criminal charges, is “connected to a much larger investigation” and is not released, according to Balog.
“I am denying your request for this report at this time,” Balog wrote in an email. “As soon as our investigation is complete and an arrest is made you may resubmit your request or wait for my department’s press release.”