CRANDON - A Crandon man is accused of impregnating an underage girl, then performing a crude abortion on her.
The criminal complaint also says Matthew Christenson, 33, has sexually assaulted five different children in Forest County since 2010, and brutally beaten at least one more.
Multiple victims said Christenson gave them alcohol and marijuana during his interactions with them.
Newswatch 12 is concealing the identities, ages, and any potential relationship of the alleged victims to the defendant, using only numbers for identification.
Victim 1 told Forest County Sheriff's Captain Jeff Marvin that Christenson impregnated her. Then, according to the criminal complaint, Christenson attempted to give her an abortion himself. Newswatch 12 is leaving out the details of that act.
Victim 2, another child, lost count of the times Christenson had sex with that same victim.
"[Victim 2 told investigators] that it was so many times [the victim] did not even know but it was over one hundred times," says the complaint.
One victim told of threats by Christenson.
"The defendant told them that if they told anyone he would find them when he got out of jail," says the complaint.
Victim 3 reported being raped on a picnic table while camping near Wabeno. Victim 4, according to the complaint, would "say no [to sex] but [Christenson] would slap [the victim] in the face." Victim 2 told investigators, "[Christenson] would tell [Victim 5] that he wanted [the victim] to be his [spouse]."
All five victims were minors at the time of the alleged crimes.
A sixth child, Victim 6, was hit daily by Christenson, according to a different victim. Victim 6 told investigators Christenson used a switch, canoe paddle, wooden stick, bull whip, crescent wrench, and fire poker at different times in the abuse.
Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono filed an amended criminal complaint in court on Wednesday.
Christenson is now charged with 14 felony counts, including sexual assault and physical abuse charges. The maximum penalty if convicted on all charges is 454 years in prison.
Christenson is in the Forest County Jail on $75,000 cash bond. He will return to court on May 3.
This story has been updated from its original version.
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