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July 22, 2014 | 10:57 AM
A 32-year-old registered sex offender has been formally charged for allegedly officiating a sporting event at Big Foot High School in September 2012.

Aaron Schreiber was a certified WIAA official and reportedly officiated games throughout the state. Schreiber faces felony charges in four different Wisconsin counties.

On Nov. 2, 2005, while serving in the military, Schreiber was found guilty of carnal knowledge and sodomy for having sex with a child under 16, according to military records. He was confined for three years and ordered to register as a sex offender.

In Wisconsin, people convicted of a “serious child sex offense” are prohibited from working or volunteering with children.

In Walworth County, Schreiber is charged with being a child sex offender working with children. That’s a Class F felony, which is punishable by 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. He is set to make his first court appearance on July 25 in Walworth County.

The Walworth Police Department referred charges to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office in January against Schreiber. Big Foot’s Athletic Director Tim Collins had recognized Schreiber’s name when he heard about the out-of-county charges on a newscast.

Collins told police that Schreiber was hired to referee a freshman girl’s volleyball game, and act as a line judge for a varsity game.

According to the Beaver Dam Daily Citizen, Cambria-Friesland Athletic Director Phil Tallman contacted the WIAA after he learned that Schreiber was a registered sex offender.

In Dodge County, Schreiber faces 10 counts of a sexual offender working with children, 15 counts of bomb scare threats and 16 counts of bail jumping in Dodge County.

If convicted of all the charges, Schreiber faces up to 273 1/2 years in prison and $560,000 in fines. On the Green Bay Press Gazette’s website, the newspaper posted a video of Schreiber’s Nov. 15 initial appearance. In that video, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg states that Schreiber was a referee at middle school and high school sporting events.

Schreiber’s attorney for the initial appearance argued that the original military charges were in the process of being overturned.

Klomberg said that the bomb threats were made to businesses and schools.

In Green Lake County, Schreiber is facing a felony charge for failing to maintain the sex offender registry and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and resisting an officer. He also faces a felony charge of being a sex offender working with children.

In Fond du Lac County, he faces a felony charge of bomb scares and five counts of being a sex offender working with children.

Schreiber is a lifetime registrant on the sex offender registry.

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