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MADISON – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on Monday January 31, 2011, Donald P. Coughlin and Daniel J. Coughlin were bound over for trial on allegations of repeated sexual assaults against children after a preliminary hearing before the Honorable John P. Roemer. The allegations are felony charges.
The charges are the result of a joint investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the Juneau County Sheriff's Department. “Investigation and prosecution of cases involving those who prey on children are a high priority of the Department of Justice and we will continue to assist local law enforcement and prosecutors in child maltreatment investigations,” Van Hollen said. Individuals with information about alleged child maltreatment in Juneau County are encouraged to contact the Juneau County Sheriff's Department at 608-847-9435. Individuals with information about this case can contact Special Agent James Holmes of DCI at 608-266-1671, or Detective Shaun Goyette Juneau County Sheriff's Department at 608-847-9435.
The two men will be arraigned on the charges in Juneau County Circuit Court on March 1, 2011 at 12:45 before the Honorable John P. Roemer. A criminal complaint is a document alleging violation of the criminal law and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger is representing the state as a special prosecutor for Juneau County.