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May 13, 2014 | 04:09 PMELKHORN — For the second time in his life, a former Badger High School janitor is facing allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with someone who is underage.
Alfredo Sandoval, 68, of Lake Geneva, was officially charged last week with sexual assault of a student by school staff.
During a court hearing on Friday, Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo said that in 1993 Sandoval was accused in a different state with child molestation. However, Donohoo told Judge David Reddy that the district attorney’s office hasn’t been able to determine whether Sandoval had been convicted or acquitted in 1993.
On Monday, District Attorney Daniel Necci said the accusation came from the state of Washington. However, he said his office is still investigating that accusation and hasn’t been able to determine the outcome of it.
The charge Sandoval is now facing is a Class H felony, which is punishable by up to six years imprisonment.
During the hearing, Donohoo said her office is considering additional charges, including a possible charge of second-degree sexual assault, use of force.
Sandoval was arrested on May 1 after a student told a staff member that Sandoval, who was employed as a janitor at the school, sexually assaulted her.
The girl spoke with police and told police that Sandoval kissed her and touched her sexually.
She also reported that Sandoval placed her hand on his groin, according to the criminal complaint.
When police questioned Sandoval, he admitted that he kissed and touched the alleged victim, according to the criminal complaint.
He also allegedly asked for forgiveness.
During the hearing, Derek Goodman, a defense attorney from Milwaukee, asked Judge David Reddy to reduce his client’s bond.
Sandoval is being held in the Walworth County jail on a $10,000 cash bond.
Goodman said that Sandoval is a homeowner with no criminal record in Wisconsin and is a U.S. citizen.
Reddy rejected the request to reduce Sandoval’s bond. Reddy said he rejected, in part, because of the previous accusation against Sandoval.
Goodman declined to comment after the hearing.
Badger High School District Administrator James Gottinger said he wasn’t aware of any prior allegations against Sandoval.
He said that Sandoval passed a background check.
Last week, Gottinger said that Sandoval worked at the school on a part-time basis for 2 1/2 years.