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.
MINOCQUA - Every two years, high school athletes in Wisconsin get the signature of a physician, saying they're healthy to play sports. That signature comes after a physical exam.
Chiropractors can't give that sign-off, but they soon might be allowed to do so. The state Assembly passed a bill which would give chiropractors that privilege.
"The pre-participation exam is certainly extremely important. It is the best way to catch underlying illness and risk factors before athletes participate in sports," said Marshfield Clinic Regional Medical Director Dr. William Melms, who works out of Minocqua.
EAGLE RIVER - When your entire theater production fits in the back of your SUV, you need to know how to do -- and be -- just about everything.
"You kind of have to be the jack of all trades," actor Chris Cummings said.
Cummings is a stagehand, a set designer, and this summer a bug. He and fellow actor Jennifer Schreiner travel the Midwest out of their Chicago-area homes for the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, which is based in Portland, Oregon.
HAZELHURST - A week and a half ago, the Marathon County Dive Team pulled the body of 41-year-old Dominic Flaminio from the Wisconsin River. He drowned while trying to save his girlfriend's eight-year-old son, who was struggling in the current.
When Greg Bohn saw the story at his home in Hazelhurst, he felt like his heart was ripped out.
"This was so preventable," he remembers thinking.
It also motivated him to keep working on a water safety goal he's been chasing for years.
WAUSAU - Every year, firefighters around the country ask their communities to fill up boots with money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Wausau Fire Department kicked off its "Fill the Boot" campaign Tuesday morning.
The fire department will be at local events throughout the summer to collect donations.
The fundraiser helps with research and treatment for neuromuscular diseases for kids and adults.
"It's kind of a rewarding part of the job. Most of what we do is off camera, you don't really get to see all aspects of the fire department. It is a great chance for us to get out there and see all the programs we are involved in to help,"says firefighter Matt Tormohlen.
CHETEK, WI - A preliminary report from federal aviation investigators says witnesses described hearing an engine backfire before a small plane crashed in Wisconsin last month, killing the teenage pilot and seriously injuring a passenger.
The Leader-Telegram reports that the National Transportation Safety Board interviewed several witnesses who were fishing in a pond near the Red Cedar River at the time of crash on May 24.
THREE LAKES - Managing weeds can be a challenge for many cranberry growers across the state.
James Lake Farms in Three Lakes has been certified organic since 2007.
As organic growers, they are not allowed to use synthetic materials or herbicides to control their weeds.
This spring, they purchased weed eating geese from a nursery to help get rid of the weeds.
"We came across an article from 1954 in a trade magazine that showed that one of our marshes had used weeder geese back then in order to reduce the weed pressure, and we thought, well, this might be a novel approach," said owner John Stauner.
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