BURNETT COUNTY — A criminal complaint has been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court, charging 18-year-old Triston Ortez with sexual assault of a 14-year-old female in September 2018.

The Burnett County Sheriff’s Office received a report on December 11, 2018, of a possible rape of a 14-year-old female.

The person who reported the assault was the mother of the alleged juvenile female victim, and told a Burnett County Investigator that she believed her daughter had been raped early in September 2018, and that she had observed behavioral changes in her daughter that supported this belief.

When the Investigator interviewed the juvenile female, she told the Investigator that Ortez had assaulted her shortly before school started for the 2018-2019 school year.

The juvenile told the Investigator that during the assault she told Ortez “no” and “stop” numerous times and attempted to push him off of her, however he did not stop but instead pushed her back down and continued.

Ortez was also interviewed regarding the alleged assault and he allegedly told the Investigator that he had consumed alcohol on the night of the incident, but that he was “not that drunk”.

According to the criminal complaint Ortez also admitted that he did have sexual intercourse with the juvenile; telling the Investigator that she “wanted to”. Ortez allegedly also said that he believed the juvenile female to be 14 or 15 years old and that he was 17 when it happened.

If convicted of Sexual Assault of Child Under 16 Years of Age (a Class C Felony), Ortez faces a maximum penalty of imprisonment for not more than 40 years.

According to online circuit court records on December 18, 2018 Ortez was placed on a $1,000 signature bail bond requiring him to maintain absolute sobriety and be subject to a curfew of 5p to 6a.

Ortez is scheduled to make an Initial Appearance on his criminal charges later this month.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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