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Marshfield man reaches plea deal in sexual assault caseSubmitted: 10/11/2018
Marshfield man reaches plea deal in sexual assault case
Story By Newswatch 12 News Team

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A jury started hearing the trial of a Marshfield bus driver accused of sexual assault on Tuesday.  About an hour later, they were dismissed.

Herbert Andres, 53, instead agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors in Wood County Court.




Andres was charged with felony sexual assault after hosting a New Year's Party with teenagers at his home. One of the teenagers said he groped her.

Andres instead pleaded no contest to contributing to the delinquency of a child and disorderly conduct, which are both misdemeanors.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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