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The Wisconsin Department of Justice Files Charges of Second Degree Sexual Assault, False Imprisonment and Kidnapping Against James M. Drown


MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on May 7, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint charging James M. Drown with three felony counts of second degree sexual assault, false imprisonment and kidnapping.


According to the Criminal Complaint, Drown did intentionally confine the victim without the victim's consent, and with knowledge that he had no lawful authority to do so. He also had sexual contact with the victim without consent, and by force did confine the victim, without her consent and with intent to cause her to be secretly confined or restrained on August 19th, 2008.


The Oconto County Sheriff's Department and Shawano County Sheriff's Department investigated this case. Assistant Attorney General Audrey Skwierawski, the DOJ's Violence Against Women Resource Prosecutor, represents the State of Wisconsin in this prosecution. The DOJ's Office of Crime Victim Services is providing victim services.


While Mr. Drown has been charged with criminal offenses, he is presumed innocent at this time, and the State will need to prove him guilty of the offenses beyond a reasonable doubt.