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Former Badger janitor bound over for trial

by Rob Ireland

June 12, 2014

ELKHORN — A former Badger High School janitor, who is accused of sexually assaulting a female student, was bound over for trial last week by Judge David Reddy.

Alfredo Sandoval, 68, of Lake Geneva, has been charged with sexual assault of a student by school staff. That’s a Class H felony punishable by up to six years of imprisonment.

Sandoval was arrested on May 1 after a student told Assistant Principal Mike Giovingo that Sandoval had touched her sexually in a music room, according to testimony from Police Det. Seth Keller.

Sandoval posted a $10,000 cash bond and is no longer in custody.

During a June 4 preliminary hearing, Keller testified that he was dispatched to the school where he spoke to the alleged victim. Keller said the alleged victim told him that he had hugged, kissed and touched her. The girl told Keller that the person who had touched her was “Mr. Sandoval.”

Keller was taken to the area of the school that Sandoval was in charge of cleaning.

At the police department, Sandoval allegedly admitted to Keller that he kissed and touched the girl.

Keller said the alleged victim told him that she had “spoke Spanish with him on several occasions.”

After Sandoval’s arrest, Badger High School Administrator James Gottinger said Sandoval was a part-time custodian, who had worked at the school for 2 1/2 years.

Gottinger added that Sandoval was no longer employed at the school.

During a court hearing on May 9, Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo said that in 1993 Sandoval was accused in a different state with child molestation. At that time, Donohoo told Reddy that the district attorney’s office wasn’t able to determine whether Sandoval was convicted or acquitted in 1993. However, on June 10, District Attorney Daniel Necci said that Sandoval was arrested in Mount Vernon, Wash., on a child molestation charge, but he was never convicted.

Motion to dismiss

Goodman filed a motion to dismiss the case because the criminal complaint doesn’t list the alleged victim’s date of birth. However, Reddy denied Goodman’s motion.

The criminal complaint lists the alleged victim as “Victim A, a 17-year-old child.”

“I don’t believe the date of birth needs to be included in the probable cause section,” Reddy said.