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RUSK COUNTY -- The Court has ordered a $2,500 cash bond for 61-year-old Scott Read, charged in Rusk County Circuit Court with sexually assaulting a child under the age of 12 repeatedly for a period of 7 years.

Read is charged with Class B Felony 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child Under Age 12; Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child; Class C Felony Incest; Class I Felony Possession of THC - 2nd & Subsequent; and Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

In February 2022, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office received a Child Protective Services Report from Rusk County Health and Human Services regarding allegations that Scott Read had sexually assaulted a child.

The criminal complaint filed against Read states that the sexual assaults of the child began in 2014 when the child was approximately 5 years old and continued until 2021.

A forensic interview was conducted with the child victim and the criminal complaint includes many details of the sexual assault allegations, however, DrydenWire has chosen to not include that information in this post.

Investigators interviewed Read on February 24, 2022. The criminal complaint states that he did not admit to any of the allegations and that he requested to speak with an attorney.

On February 25, 2022, Investigators executed a search warrant at Read’s residence and located multiple bags containing marijuana, multiple devices used for smoking marijuana as well as multiple devices used for sexual stimulation which corroborated information collected during the forensic interview of the child victim.


Online circuit court records show that Read appeared while in custody for a bail bond hearing on March 1, 2022. The Rusk County District Attorney recommended a $5,000 cash bond, and defense counsel for Read requested a high signature bond. The Hon. Steven P. Anderson ordered a $2,500 cash bond with conditions prohibiting Read from having any contact with the victim in the matter, the victim’s family, or any children under the age of 18. Read’s bond was posted a few days later.

Read appeared most recently on March 15, 2022, for an initial appearance hearing, and a preliminary examination hearing is to be scheduled regarding his case.

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.

Last Update: Mar 25, 2022 11:01 am CDT

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