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Boyceville man charged with 20 felonies, in custody on $200,000 cash bail

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A 35-year-old Boyceville man charged with 20 felonies related to the sexual assault of a child remains in custody at the Dunn County jail on a $200,000 cash bail.

Mitchell D. Miner is charged with 12 Class C felonies, including second degree sexual assault of a child, and eight Class B felonies, including repeated sexual assault of the same child and first degree child sexual assault involving intercourse with a child under the age of 12.

According to the criminal complaint, one of the alleged victims told investigators the sexual assaults had started more than eight years ago, and the other alleged victim said the sexual assaults began when she was seven years old and had happened too many times for her to count.

Dunn County sheriff’s deputies arrested Miner December 5, 2017, and after he had arrived at the Dunn County jail and had been read his Miranda rights and had said he would answer questions, suddenly claimed, “it’s all true,” according to the complaint.

Miner told investigators he had engaged in sexual intercourse with one of the alleged victims two or three times per month for the past two or three years.

Dunn County Circuit Court Judge Rod Smeltzer set the $200,000 cash bail during a court hearing December 5 and ordered Miner to have no contact with any female juveniles under the age of 18 years as well as no contact with two individuals identified in court records by their initials.

The penalty for a Class B felony, upon conviction, is 60 years in prison.

If Miner were convicted of all eight Class B felony counts, he would be facing a maximum of 480 years in prison.

The penalty for a Class C felony, upon conviction, is a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 40 years.

If Miner were convicted on all 12 Class C felony counts, he would be facing a maximum of another 480 years in prison and potential fines of up to $1.15 million.

Dunn County District Attorney Andrea Nodolf also is seeking a bifurcated sentence under Wisconsin state statute 973.01 in seven of the 20 counts which, upon conviction, would result in a minimum of 25 years in prison on each count.

If convicted of all seven counts under the bifurcated provision, Miner would serve a minimum of 175 years in prison.

Miner was scheduled for another hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge Smeltzer on March 6.