Wisconsin Christmas parade canceled amid investigation for possible sex crimes

A Wisconsin Christmas parade canceled after one man was arrested for sexual assault is being investigated for possible violations of state law, authorities said. An investigation is underway at Waukesha’s St. Vincent de Paul Society after an alleged sexual assault took place at the parade on Thursday. The alleged victim was sitting in a folding chair on the curb of 39th Street with a friend when a man covered his head and raped her without getting her consent, Milwaukee County sheriff’s spokesman Chris Schmaling said in a statement. The victim was found on the porch of a home on the corner of 39th and Custer Streets by police officers investigating another incident nearby at around 4:00 a.m. She reported that she had been drinking and that she did not remember the assault occurring, Schmaling said. The suspect was quickly arrested and prosecutors charged him with second-degree sexual assault, aggravated battery and disorderly conduct, but “according to the sheriff’s office, the suspect’s bonds was set in a manner that did not enable him to pay the bond at a fair amount,” Schmaling said. “The sheriff’s office believes that the suspect’s bonds were set inappropriately low for a particular type of offense.” Prosecutors have not decided whether to try the suspect in court. The suspect is being held on $500,000 bail at the jail in Milwaukee.

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