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MADISON - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on Wednesday March 30, 2011, Green County Circuit Court judge James Beer found probable cause that JAMES M. NORQUAY committed sexual assaults against a child after a preliminary hearing.
Attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Green County filed a criminal complaint in Green County Circuit Court against James M. Norquay alleging 3 Counts of Sexual Assault Against a Child. The allegations are felony charges that carry a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000 on each count.
The charges are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). “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 Green County are encouraged to contact the Green County Sheriff's Department. Individuals with information about this case can contact agent Lourdes Fernandez of DCI at 608-266-1671.
The criminal complaint alleges that James M. Norquay had sexual intercourse with a child who was placed in his home for foster care in 2008. Norquay subsequently adopted the child in November of 2009. A criminal complaint is a document alleging violation of the criminal law and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Judge Beer bound the defendant over for trial and set the matter for arraignment in Green County Circuit Court for April 26, 2011 at 9 am. The defendant exercised his right to substitution against Judge Beer. The matter will be assigned to a circuit court judge for arraignment by the District Court Administrator for Green County.
Assistant Attorney General Dennis R. Krueger is representing the state as a special prosecutor for Green County.