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Man gets 14 years for sexual assault

August 08, 2013
Elkhorn — A 27-year-old man, who sexually assaulted a girl while she was swimming in Geneva Lake, was sent to prison for 14 years. Matthew L. Dennis, who is a resident of Washington state, also assaulted the girl at a home in the town of Delavan. Judge David Reddy also ordered that Dennis spend 14 years on extended supervision after he is released from prison. Dennis also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
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Alleged drunken driver faces felony bail jumping charge

August 08, 2013
A man accused of his eighth drunken-driving offense faces a felony bail jumping charge for allegedly missing a court hearing. If convicted of the bail jumping charge, Paul B. Bernier, 54, Franklin, faces up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. The eighth-drunken driving charge carries a minimum penalty of three years in prison and a maximum of 10 years.
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Illinois man faces sexual assault charge

August 08, 2013
An 18-year-old man is accused of sexually assaulting a Walworth woman in her home. Armando Mezo-Reyes of Woodstock Ill., faces felony charges of second-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor battery. If convicted of the felony, Mezo-Reyes faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.
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Men arrested at Geneva Towers

August 08, 2013
Two men face criminal charges after police allegedly found a large amount of candy that contained marijuana and two firearms at the Geneva Towers in downtown Lake Geneva. David A. Wood, 46, Denver, faces a felony charge of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, in or near a park. If convicted of that charge, Wood faces up to 15 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
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Former Star Center PTO treasurer guilty of theft

August 08, 2013
The former treasurer of the Star Center School PTO pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 from the group. Katherine A. Tworek, 46, N1695 Mallow Place,Bloomfield, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft from a business setting. She was sentenced to three years of probation. A condition of her probation is that she must serve 30 days in jail with work-release privileges.
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Twin Lakes burglar gets probation

August 08, 2013
A 21-year-old Twin Lakes man who burglarized a Bloomfield home in September 2011 was sentenced Aug. 1 to two years of probation. As a condition of his probation, Dylan J. Gutierrez was sentenced to 30 hours of community service, ordered to pay $100 fine and pay restitution in the amount of $4,000. Gutierrez was convicted in 2012 of burglary in Kenosha County and was sent to prison. He has since been released....subscribers>>
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Alleged heroin dealer's home raided by DEA, drug unit, East Troy PD

August 08, 2013
The home of an alleged heroin dealer in the town of Troy was raided July 11 by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Walworth County Sheriff's Drug Unit and the village of East Troy police department. Jonathan C. Newhouse, 33, W3420 Highway 20, faces four counts of delivering heroin, possession of heroin with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. On July 23, Newhouse posted a $2,500 cash bond and was released. He was arrested again on July 29 in the town of Geneva for allegedly driving while under the influence of heroin. He faces a felony charge of operating while intoxicated, as a sixth offense. He is now being held in the Walworth County jail on a $10,000 bond. ...subscribers>>

Recent Crime
Woman gets three years prison for theft
August 01, 2013
ELKHORN — For years a Fontana home builder was sponsoring Blue Hills Lippitt Morgans, a business that raises show horses. However, the home builder never agreed to donate money to the company. Instead, his then-employee, Kari Sue Clark-Branton, was writing and forging checks payable to the equestrian company that was owned by her friend, Joanne M. Anderson.In May, a Walworth County jury found Anderson, 50, now of Arlington, Ky., guilty of receiving stolen property.
Man gets 14 years prison for sexual assault
August 01, 2013

ELKHORN — A 27-year-old man, who sexually assaulted a girl while she was swimming in Geneva Lake, was sent to prison for 14 years.

Matthew L. Dennis, who is a resident of Washington state, also assaulted the girl at a home in the town of Delavan.
Judge David Reddy also ordered that Dennis spend 14 years on extended supervision after he is released from prison. Dennis also must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
A Walworth County jury found Dennis guilty Jan. 31 of four counts of sexual assault of a child under the age of 16. The girl was 13 at the time of the incident.

The case
During the trial, when the victim testified she recanted on the witness stand and said the sexual assaults never occurred.
“The (victim) only spoke once under oath, and that is when she said those attacks didn’t happen,” defense attorney James Duquette said.
However, Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said the girl was intimidated not to testify against Dennis.
“It is no surprise to anybody that she came to court that day and testified that way,” he said.
Dennis was in a relationship with the victim’s sister. It is unclear how old the victim’s sister was when Dennis started dating her, but she was either 14 or 16. By all accounts Dennis was in his early 20s when that relationship began.
“(The relationship with the victim’s sister) certainly screams additional criminal conduct,” Grube said.
On June 27, 2012, the girl went swimming in Lake Geneva. While she was swimming Dennis came up behind her and touched her. Other people that were swimming didn’t see the incident, but reported that the victim was quiet afterwards.
On June 28, 2012, Dennis reportedly approached the girl in a bedroom and touched her again and exposed himself to her.
The girl told a relative about the assaults, and on June 30, 2012, she talked to the police.
Grube said Dennis has a criminal history, which includes domestic abuse and he has a juvenile record. Although Dennis doesn’t have a record for drug possession or distribution, Grube said he has a history of using and dealing narcotics.
“He freely admits through the course of all these incidents that he is selling drugs,” Grube said.
Grube said Dennis has nine violations during his year in the Walworth County jail. One of those violations includes forming a gang with other inmates. This was discovered when correctional officers searched the unit and found bylaws for the gang in the jail.
Grube asked Reddy to sentence Dennis to between 12 and 14 years in prison.
Duquette, asked Reddy to sentence his client to two years of prison.
Duquette said more serious offenders have received shorter sentences than the one recommended by the state.
He pointed to the Shane McKinley case — which involved a former coach who had a sexual relationship with a student — that resulted in a 10-year sentence of initial confinement. He also said Scott Anderson — a 34-year-old man who touched a 2-year-old girl — received 10 years in prison.


Abuse case heads back to county
Court of Appeals rules preliminary hearing legal in O'Brien case
July 25, 2013
A Bloomfield couple accused of abusing their adopted children have failed to have the state Court of Appeals overturn several decisions made by a local judge. Kathleen M. O’Brien, 50, has been charged with four felony and seven misdemeanor charges of child abuse. Martin P. O’Brien, 50, has been charged with seven felony and five misdemeanor charges of child abuse.
Heroin dealer gets 10 years
July 25, 2013
ELKHORN — A heroin dealer, who was a suspect in the overdose deaths of three separate people, was sentence to 10 years in prison on Wednesday afternoon by Judge David Reddy.Malik D. Iseini, 35, Bloomfield, pleaded guilty Jan. 23 to three counts of delivering heroin, possession of a narcotic drug, and misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition to 10 years of prison, Reddy sentenced Iseini to eight years of extended supervision.
Woman charged in Bloomfield stabbing
July 25, 2013
A 41-year-old Bloomfield woman is accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend in the shoulder with a kitchen knife on June 23 after the two had been arguing. Michelle C. Meinen, N1217 W. Lake Shore Dr., faces felony charges of first-degree reckless injury and battery, both as domestic abuse incidents.If convicted, Meinen faces up to 31 years imprisonment and $110,000 in fines. ...subscribers>>
Heroin dealer's sentencing delayed
July 18, 2013
The sentencing hearing for a convicted heroin dealer was postponed Monday morning after his attorney, Elliott Price, was unable to attend the hearing.Malik D. Iseini, 35, N1985 Hafs Road, Bloomfield, has pleaded guilty to three felony charges of delivering heroin and possession of a narcotic drug. Iseini also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. ...subscribers>>
Child porn, pot land man in prison
July 18, 2013
ELKHORN — Walworth County Judge John Race sent a former Whitewater man to prison July 10 for three years after police found more than 200 grams of pot, a loaded pistol and child pornography in his apartment.David J. Patwell, 25, now of Cross Plains, pleaded guilty Oct. 19 to felony charges of possession of child pornography and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. After Patwell serves his prison sentence, he will spend three years on extended supervision.
Processing server gets probation
July 18, 2013
ELKHORN — A 40-year-old process server was sentenced June 12 to two years of probation after he lied about serving court papers to two people.Randy L. Ruegg of Kenosha pleaded guilty May 24 to two felony counts of forgery of an official certification. The probation term won’t begin until he has completed his probation term in Kenosha County on unrelated charges.
Como man faces charges for chats with child
July 18, 2013
An 18-year-old Lake Como man is accused of asking a 12-year-old boy, whom he met on Facebook, for naked pictures and sending the child a link to a pornographic website. Matthew S. Rollie, N3326 Hickory Road, faces a felony charge of exposing a child to harmful material. He also faces misdemeanor charges of impersonating a peace officer and disorderly conduct.The felony charge carries a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years imprisonment.
Former coach gets 4 years for child enticement
July 18, 2013
The prosecutor painted a former wrestling coach Steven Springsteen-Hensel as a man who groomed children so he can develop a sexual relationship with them.Springsteen-Hensel’s defense attorney argued his client was a good person and coach who used terrible judgment when he sent sexually explicit text messages to a 17-year-old boy on the cusp of his 18th birthday.Walworth County Judge John Race sentenced Springsteen-Hensel, 32, Elkhorn, to four years in prison and six years of extended supervision after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of child enticement.
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