Arraignment set for Colfax man charged with 2 felonies related to child assault

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A Dunn County judge has found probable cause and has scheduled an arraignment for a 42-year-old Colfax man charged with two felonies related to the alleged first-degree sexual assault of a girl under the age of 12. 

Jobert L. Molde appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court February 10 with his attorney, Richard Louis Yonko, for a preliminary hearing before Judge James Peterson.

Colfax Police Chief William Anderson was called to testify during the preliminary hearing, and following the police chief’s testimony and cross examination by Yonko, Judge Peterson found probable cause and bound the defendant over for trial.

According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim told investigators that Molde had sexual intercourse with her. Investigators believe the alleged assault would have happened between January of 2011 and January of 2012.

Judge Rod Smeltzer set a cash bail of $10,000 on January 24 and ordered Molde to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless an adult is supervising.

The arraignment hearing for Molde is scheduled for March 21 in Dunn County Circuit Court. 

According to the criminal complaint, the Dunn County district attorney’s office will be seeking to place Molde, if convicted, on lifetime supervision as a serious sex offender regarding either of the two felony counts.