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April 2014


Sex offender charged with assault

Daniel Koepke could face 60 years

Daniel Koepke, convicted in Washington County last November for exposing himself to his 6-year-old cousin and masturbating on her bed, was charged with groping another underage girl in the Village of Sussex sometime between 2010 and 2011.

Koepke, 18, was charged Feb. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault, contact with a child younger than 13.

Koepke, previously of Sussex, began serving a 22-month prison sentence for his previous conviction on Jan. 24. If convicted of this new charge, he could face up to 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department that Koepke inappropriately touched her daughter's friend.

The 14-year-old girl told police the incident occurred in the summer before she entered seventh grade or during seventh grade when she was 12 or 13.

Koepke was among a group of friends her brother had invited to spend the night. She was "the little sister who wanted to hang out with her big brother," the complaint said, and so she slept in the room with the boys.

She fell asleep alone, she said, but when she awoke, Koepke was laying with her with one hand down her shirt and his other hand on her buttocks, outside of her pants.

She said she thought she was dreaming and rolled over to face the defendant. She began to fall asleep again and Koepke became more aggressive in his groping, the complaint said.

He then noticed she was awake and pulled away. She told police she asked him, "Why would you do that?" She left the room, and Koepke later texted her saying he was sorry and it would not happen again, according to the complaint.

The girl said that the following summer Koepke texted her asking if she wanted to have a water balloon fight because he wanted to see her in a swimsuit, according to the complaint. She did not respond and said she has been avoiding Koepke since the alleged incident.

She said she did notimmediately tell anyone about the incident because she did not want to hurt her brother, whom she loves.

Koepke was previously convicted in a 2012 case involving his aunt's children in West Bend.

Koepke pleaded no contest to charges of incest with a child and causing a child to view a sexual act on Nov. 15, 2012, and was sentenced to 22 months in prison and five years' extended supervision. Charges of first-degree sexual assault were dismissed in that case.

Koepke's next expected court date is Feb. 28.

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