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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A Dunn County judge has bound a 44-year-old former Colfax man over for trial on five felony charges related to child sexual assault.
Jeffrey M. McCulloch appeared with his attorney, Michael Cohen, before Judge James Peterson in Dunn County Circuit Court December 15 for a preliminary hearing.
McCulloch waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Judge Peterson found probable cause based on the information in the criminal complaint and bound McCulloch over for trial.
Cohen said he intended to file paperwork with the court asking for a different judge.
An arraignment hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 19 at 9:15 a.m., and whether that date is kept for the arraignment will depend upon the new judge’s schedule.
During the bail hearing June 30, 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 at the bail hearing.
The judge set bail at $30,000 cash and ordered McCulloch to have no contact with the four individuals.
According to online court records, McCulloch posted the $30,000 cash bail on June 30.
McCulloch made an initial appearance in Dunn County Circuit Court the next day on July 1.
Judge Peterson denied a request for bond modification at the initial hearing and added additional no contacts with two more individuals.
According to online court records, McCulloch’s current address is in Menomonie
McCulloch 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.