BURNETT COUNTY  --  Criminal charges for sexual assault and substantial battery have been filed against a man who was arrested during the execution of a high-risk search warrant in Burnett County in July 2021.

DrydenWire.com published a news release from the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office on July 13, 2021, regarding the arrest of Jeremy Thayer, age 25, for 2nd Degree Sexual Assault, Strangulation and Substantial Battery.

On the morning of July 12, 2021, the Burnett County Sheriffs’ Office responded to a report of a sexual assault. Dispatch received information indicating that a male, identified as Jeremy Thayer, had been observed sexually assaulting the victim and that another adult in the residence had chased Thayer out of the room, after which Thayer left the residence.

A search warrant was obtained and executed at another Burnett County residence later on July 12, 2021, and Thayer was taken into custody at that residence along with two other people who had outstanding arrest warrants.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Thayer, when he was interviewed regarding the incident, described the victim as being flirtatious with him. When Thayer was asked if he had engaged in sexual activity with the victim, he allegedly stated, “Not that I know of”, and then later stated, “I’m not sure”.

Deputies observed abrasions on the victim’s neck and cheek. The victim stated they had taken prescription medication prior to falling asleep. Deputies were told by two other people who were in the residence at the time of the alleged assault that Thayer had been observed sexually assaulting the victim when the two people walked into the room. A witness told deputies that the victim did not awaken until after the witness pulled Thayer away from the victim.

A criminal complaint was filed against Thayer on July 27, 2021, charging him with Class C Felony Second Degree Sexual Assault of Unconscious Victim and Class I Felony Substantial Battery.

At a hearing on July 13, 2021, the Court placed Thayer on a $5,000 cash bond with conditions that he maintain absolute sobriety, be subject to random testing, and have no contact with the victim in the criminal case.

Thayer is scheduled to appear again in September 2021 regarding the charges against him.

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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