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A Sparta man who was the coordinator of the Monroe County Community Service Work Program made an appearance in a Monroe County courtroom this morning after being charged with sexually assaulting two inmates. 28 year old Adam Helgerson was charged with with felony misconduct in office, false imprisonment, third-degree sexual assault and six counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.
Two inmates said Helgerson assaulted them in 2010 and 2011 while they were working for the program. One of the women said Helgerson first assaulted her in December 2010 when he forced her to perform oral sex. He did the same thing later that month while she was hanging Christmas lights at a Sparta park. She said Helgerson assaulted her four more times before the end of February. The second inmate said Helgerson harassed and groped her between July and December. Helgerson admitted to investigators that he assaulted the first inmate three times and might have assaulted the second.
He is the third county worker to be charged with assaulting inmates since 2008. The new case comes just one month after prosecutors charged former Monroe County jailer Jerry Friedl with sexually assaulting an inmate twice in 2011. His next court appearance is set for Friday. Another former jailer, Lt. David Schaldach, was sentenced in 2008 to 18 months in prison for having sexual contact with a mentally ill female inmate in 2002.
A Tomah man, who is a former pastor of the Church of God Prophecy in Necedah and now a truck driver, was in Monroe County Court this morning, facing charges of sexual assault of a child, repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child and child enticement. 64 year old Michael Delaney is accused of targeting the same victim over an extended period of time in Monroe County and throughout the country while he was a pastor and trucker. Tomah police say the year long investigation heated up in December when the now 17 year old victim's parents came to police to report the abuse. The victim was 13 and 14 when the assaults occurred and they allegedly happened for several years. Delaney pleaded guilty back in 1983 to two counts of sexual abuse while a pastor in Arizona. He'll be back in court on February 27th. He's out of jail on a $7500 signature bond.
Bruce Evers says he hasn't quite made up his mind yet. But the Holmen businessman is close to deciding on making another run for congress as a republican in Wisconsin's third congressional district. Two years ago, he came in a distant second to Dan Kapanke in a primary for the seat. Not tremendously surprising
Evers would join former Fort McCoy garrision commander Ray Boland as republicans in the race to take on democrat Ron Kind.
Big changes could be coming to municipal court in the region. The city of La Crosse is poised to study combining its municipal court with Onalaska's. An idea that's actually come up in the past several months. Onalaska judge John Brinckman says, when he was first approached about the idea, he was less than impressed with the concept
Among the changes that would likely come with a combined court is going from two judges to one, and moving all cases to a single courtroom in one of the cities.
An SUV fell partially through the ice on Lake Onalaska Saturday afternoon during a fishing derby near Red Pines.
The vehicle went in the water about three feet and the driver got out safely.