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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Bail has been set at $30,000 cash for 44-year-old former Colfax man charged with five felonies related to the sexual assault of a child.
Jeffrey M. McCulloch, along with his attorney, Michael Fairchild, appeared before Judge James Peterson June 30 for a bail hearing.
Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki said he was requesting a $30,000 cash bail because of the seriousness of the allegations and also was asking for no contact with four different individuals.
McCulloch owns rifles and shotguns and has talked about killing himself, Maki said.
Fairchild agreed that the allegations are serious but said McCulloch is a lifelong resident of Dunn County, has extended family in Dunn County, has no criminal history, has made no threats of violence and has a full-time job in Eau Claire.
McCulloch can be safely released on his own recognizance with a signature bond, Fairchild said.
While McCulloch does not have a prior record, the charges are serious, and there are incentives not to appear in court, Judge Peterson said.
The judge set bail at $30,000 cash and ordered McCulloch to have no contact with the four individuals.
No contact means no contact in any way — not electronically or through social media or a third person, Judge Peterson said.
McCulloch made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court the next day on July 1.
Fairchild asked for the bail to be modified, but Judge Peterson denied the bond modification and added additional no contacts with two more individuals.
According to online court records, McCulloch’s current address is in Menomonie, and he posted the cash bail on June 30.
McCullouch is scheduled for another court appearance on August 25.
He is charged with three Class B felonies and two Class C felonies.
Upon conviction, a Class B felony carries a penalty of imprisonment not to exceed 60 years.
Upon conviction, a Class C felony carries a penalty of imprisonment not to exceed 40 years and/or a fine of up to $100,000.