By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 39-year-old former Boyceville resident is in custody in Dunn County on a $100,000 cash bail in connection with charges of alleged child sexual assault.
Ted Lopez made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court September 2 before Judge James Peterson on seven felony charges: repeated sexual assault of the same child (at least three violations of first degree sexual assault); causing mental harm to a child; child sexual exploitation; causing a child less than 13 to view or listen to sexual activity; child enticement; exposing a child to harmful material; and possession of child pornography.
In a separate Dunn County case, Lopez is charged with one count of the repeated sexual assault of the same child (with at least three violations of first degree sexual assault) for which he posted a $10,000 cash bail July 8.
According to the criminal complaint in the most recent of the two cases, between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2014, Lopez committed repeated sexual assault involving the same child, Victim #2, in the Village of Boyceville.
On each of the seven felony counts, Lopez is charged as a repeat offender.
Lopez was convicted of felony possession of marijuana in Barron County in January of 2014 and qualifies as a repeat offender under Wisconsin’s habitual criminality section of state statutes.
Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin reported the child’s mother came to him in July to say her son had been sexually abused by Lopez several years ago and that the assaults occurred when he spent the night with another child, who is the alleged victim in the first of the two cases.
The woman said she had been interviewed after the child exhibited unusual behavior to school staff but that she had not reported it because they no longer see Lopez and because “he had money to get himself out of trouble,” according to the complaint.
During an interview with the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center in Eau Claire, Victim No. 2 said he was five years old when “stuff started happening that was not good.” The alleged victim went on to describe numerous sexual assaults and also said that he had watched pornography with Lopez. When asked if the pornography involved people over or under ten years of age, the alleged victim said “maybe under,” according to the complaint.
The complaint notes that the interviewer and the police chief concluded the “high degree of specifics” provided by the alleged victim added to his credibility.
Police Chief Lamkin asked the alleged victim if Lopez had ever told him not to tell anyone what happened, and the child said Lopez had told him not to tell or the child would go to jail.
Late last month, a physician who specializes in cases of child abuse, child sexual assault and child neglect contacted Police Chief Lamkin to say the alleged victim had told him Lopez had taken pictures of the alleged victim when he was nude and that the doctor believed “the defendant would still possess those photographs and was likely to be with other such ‘trophies’ and there may be evidence of other victims,” according to the complaint.
A search warrant was obtained for Lopez’s current Menomonie address, and Police Chief Lamkin, along with investigators and deputies from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department and an officer from the Menomonie Police Department conducted a search on August 30.
“Numerous electronic devices were located throughout the home. In the basement, there was a cardboard wall that had been decorated as a mural. Chief Lamkin moved the cardboard and found a computer tower there,” according to the complaint.
Lopez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on both cases in Dunn County Circuit Court on September 26.