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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on Wednesday June 15, 2011, Juneau County Circuit Court Judge John P. Roemer found probable cause that DANIEL COUGHLIN committed a sexual assault against a child after a preliminary hearing.
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Juneau County, filed a criminal complaint in Juneau County Circuit Court against Daniel J. Coughlin alleging Sexual Assault Against a Child. The crime charged is a Class B felony, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment.
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.
Judge Roemer bound the defendant over for trial and set the matter for a hearing on October 11, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.
Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger is representing the state as a special prosecutor for Juneau County. Victim/witness support was provided in this case by Amy Severt from the Department of Justice Victim Resource Center.