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Lake Tomahawk man faces 40 years in prison for child sex assault chargesSubmitted: 12/12/2017

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ONEIDA COUNTY - A 53-year-old Lake Tomahawk man faces up to 40 years in jail for sexually assaulting a child in a Lake Tomahawk house. 

Robert Aufrere appeared in Oneida County Court Tuesday. 

Detective Sergeant Kelly Moermond testified that Aufrere admitted to touching the victim's hair, inner thigh, and private parts in an interview with sheriff's deputies. 

Aufrere often slept in the same bed as the child. 

The victim first told a grandmother about the assault. The victim's father then reported the assault to the Lac du Flambeau police.



Aufrere said the activity happened twice, but the alleged victim said it happened several times. 

"… told us that on several occasions Robert would put his hand in…underwear and touch…private area," said Moermond. 

The assaults began at the beginning of September. They ended sometime in November. Oneida County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bloom found there is enough evidence to move forward with the case. 

"It is certainly a reasonable inference that that activity was for the purpose of arousal or gratification of a sexual nature," said Bloom. 

Aufrere will appear back in court on January 2. He's being held on a $10,000 bond.


Story By: Rose McBride

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