A Ripon man has been accused of sexually abusing and providing marijuana to children over the period of several years.

   And, following a tense situation on Newbury Street last week Friday in which he allegedly armed himself with a knife, that man now is in custody.

   Terry Lee Phelps, 57, 503 1/2 Hall St., surrendered without injuring himself or others in a Newbury Street residence.

   That suspect was charged Tuesday in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court with 31 counts:

  • Three counts of repeated sexual assault of a child (class C felony)
  • Four counts of physical abuse of a child-repeated acts causing bodily harm (class E felony)
  • Six counts of exposing intimate parts (class D felony)
  • Six counts of child enticement (class D felony)
  • One count of causing a child younger than 13 to view/listen to sexual activity (class F felony)
  • One count of exposing genitals (class I felony)
  • Three counts of manufacture/deliver marijuana (class I felony), with an enhancer for allegedly distributing it to a child at least three years younger than him
  • Three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child (misdemeanor)
  • One count of felony intimidation of a victim (class G felony)
  • Two counts of misdemeanor intimidation of a victim
  • One count of first-degree child sexual assault-sexual contact with a child under age 13 (class B felony)

   If convicted on all counts, the maximum sentence he could face is 457.25 years in prison and $1.26 million in fines — as well as a lengthy suspension of driving privileges.

   He made his initial appearance in court today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m.

   Phelps’ alleged crimes came to light late last year ...

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