Ripon Police ran into difficulty last week Friday evening while trying to take into custody an armed suspect wanted for allegedly abusing children and other possible crimes.

   But following an hour of negotiation, the suspect surrendered without injuring himself or others in a Newbury Street residence.

   Now, the man could face numerous charges related to the incident last week and the underlying crimes that led police to seek him.

   That suspect is not yet being named since he has not yet been charged.

   According to Ripon Police, “Charges that have been referred to the Fond du Lac County District Attorney’s office include first-degree sexual assault of a child, engaging in repeated acts of sexual assault of same child, physical abuse of child, delivery of narcotics and drug paraphernalia to minor, and failure to comply with officer attempting arrest.”

   The investigation stems from a report made late last year.

   According to a press release sent out Monday morning, “In late 2018, the city of Ripon Police Department, Fond du Lac County Social Services and Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department were all involved in an investigation concerning allegations of reports of abuse of children involving the same suspect. During the course of that investigation the suspect in the case left the state of Wisconsin, however, probable cause was developed to arrest the suspect on multiple charges.”

   That case remained dormant until last week Friday, when Ripon Police learned the suspect may have returned to Ripon — specifically, to a residence on the 500 block of Newbury Street.

Read the full story in the April, 4, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.