Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Man faces sexual assault charges

July 04, 2013

A 50-year-old Whitewater man faces three felony charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted two young children.

Jay E. Zabel, 445 N. Jefferson St., has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, contact with a child under the age of 13; repeated sexual assault of a child and exposing himself in a public area.

If convicted of all counts, Zabel faces up to 123 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Whitewater police detective interviewed Zabel during a child sexual assault investigation.

During that interview, Zabel told the detective that he is sexually attracted to children who are between the ages of infant and 3-years-old and that he wants help for this problem.

Zabel was the babysitter for the boys he was allegedly molesting.

A child identified as Victim 1 in court reports is a boy born in 2012, and he was allegedly sexually touched by Zabel while Zabel changed the baby’s diaper. Zabel said this occurred between March and June.

Victim 2, a boy that was born in 2010, was also allegedly molested by Zabel. When being interviewed by the detective, Zabel told police about the sexual assaults.

Victim 3, who was born in 2008, walked in on Zabel while he was masturbating in an unlocked bathroom.

Zabel also told police that he was purchasing diapers for two different families, and trading the new diapers for soiled ones. Zabel told police he found soiled diapers sexually gratifying.