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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 37-year-old Boyceville man has been charged with two felony counts related to the sexual assault of a child and three misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.
Patrick M. Korwicki made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge Rod Smeltzer September 11.
Judge Smeltzer set bail for Korwicki on September 9 at $10,000 cash.
Korwicki, who was in custody at the time of the initial appearance, is charged with one felony count of the repeated sexual assault of the same child with at least three violations of first degree sexual assault and one felony count of second degree sexual assault of a child.
Korwicki also is charged with misdemeanor bail jumping and three misdemeanor counts of possessing drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint, the alleged victim told a Child Protective Services social worker from Dunn County Human Services that Korwicki had sexually assaulted her about a dozen times and that she particularly remembered one incident because it had occurred the day before her 15th birthday.
The alleged victim also described one of the assaults as violent “because it hurt” and said other sexual assaults “were the same drunk ones,” according to the complaint.
Korwicki denied having any sexual contact with the alleged victim when he spoke to Boyceville Police Chief Greg Lamkin.
Police Chief Lamkin and Elk Mound Police Chief Chad Weinberger met with the alleged victim on September 5, and the teenager described Korwicki as a “pot head” and “an alcoholic.”
The police chiefs subsequently learned a warrant had been issued for Korwicki’s arrest because he had missed a court appearance in another Dunn County case in which he is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and bail jumping.
Police Chief Lamkin and Police Chief Weinberger arrested Korwicki at his place of employment and noted that he appeared intoxicated. Korwicki admitted to consuming alcohol before his shift, and a preliminary breath test showed a blood alcohol level of .08, according to the complaint.
Police Chief Lamkin and Police Chief Weinberger then executed a search warrant at Korwicki’s residence. Police Chief Weinberger discovered a metal tray with three glass jars and five glass pipes with residue that field-tested positive for marijuana. The police chief also found a metal grinder, five glass pipes, two vaping inserts and an orange glass bong, all with residue that field-tested positive for marijuana, according to the complaint.
Korwicki is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court September 19.
The repeated sexual assault of a child is a Class B felony that, upon conviction, carries a possible penalty of up to 60 years in prison.
The sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age is a Class C felony that, upon conviction, carries a possible penalty of a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 40 years.
Misdemeanor bail jumping, upon conviction, carries a possible penalty of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to nine months.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is a misdemeanor that carries a possible penalty of a fine of to $500 and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days.
The court may also suspend the defendant’s operating privileges for at least six months but not more than five years.
If the defendant’s driving privileges are already suspended, any additional suspension must be served consecutively.