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A 41-year-old Ripon man was released Wednesday on a $500 cash bond after allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl at the Wilderness Resort in the village of Lake Delton in late January.

Marcus Hinton, 38 Warren St., has been charged in Sauk County Circuit Court with two counts of sexual assault of a child, both of which are class C felonies.

According to an amended criminal complaint filed Feb. 9, the victim went to the Wilderness Resort from Friday, Jan. 22 to Sunday, Jan. 24 with a friend, a friend’s mother and family, along with Hinton, who was the boyfriend of a friend’s mother.

During the trip, court records said the victim told investigators Hinton was hugging her, kissing her forehead and calling her and other females in the group “baby.”

Hinton also inappropriately touched the child in the waterpark and on the way to the hotel room, which she told investigators made her feel uncomfortable, the criminal complaint noted.

The inappropriate touching occurred all three days of the trip, with the majority happening Jan. 23 and 24, court records stated.

On Jan. 24 between 1 and 3 a.m., public records said Hinton gave the 13-year-old alcohol when they were in the hotel room, before proceeding to lay on top of her legs and began inappropriately touching her.

According to the complaint, he continued grabbing the child's legs to prevent her from moving, leaving bruises, and covered her mouth with his hand.

Hinton then removed her pants and began touching her, court papers said.

As the assault continued, the criminal complaint said the 13-year-old told Hinton to stop, telling him what he was doing was illegal and that she would tell someone if he didn’t stop.

Afterward, court documents said Hinton told the child that she could not tell anyone what happened because “he would end up in jail,” which scared the victim as she feared Hinton “would kill her.”

Days later, the victim confided in her boyfriend, who told his parents and they informed law enforcement of the situation, according to court papers.

As part of Hinton’s bond agreement, he can not leave Wisconsin, nor contact the victim, her family, residence or school, according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Access. Additionally, Hinton must not have contact with a female under the age of 18, unless incidental, with an exception of his own child.

If convicted on both charges, Hinton could spend 80 years in prison and be fined up to $200,000.

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Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

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(2) comments

Michael Workman

$500 to get out facing 80yrs... [censored]

Jerald Davidson

Another article says 'If convicted, Dustin Krueger faces $10,500 in fines and up to eight years in prison" for possession of narcotics. It does not state what his bail is or whether he is in jail. But a maximum sentence of eight years for his

'crime" is one-tenth of the 80 years maximum for sexual assault of a 13 year-old girl. The former's bail should be 1/10 of the latter's in the same proportion as their maximum possible incarcerations, i.e., Krueger's bail should be 1/10 of Marcus Hinton's as 8 year maximum is 1/10 of an 80 year maximum, so should the bail for Krueger be 1/10 of Hinton's, or 1/10 of $500 equals $ 50.00. Is it?

Or are drug "offences" judged more harshly than rapes of minors? As property is safeguarded more then human lives as the protests in support of BLM show. The loss of human (black) lives is rationalized, while the loss of property is bemoaned as unacceptable.

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