Man Pleads To Amended Charge in Case of Exposing Himself to Child

Friday, August 3, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |


WARNING: This story contains graphic material and may not be suitable for all readers.

Online circuit court records show that Keith Christenson, of Grantsburg, WI, appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on July 26, 2018 and entered pleas on an amended criminal charge in the case charging him with exposing himself to a child.

Christenson’s charges stemmed from an incident that occurred in March 2017 in which it was reported to Burnett County law enforcement that Christenson had exposed his genitals to a 16-year-old female. An 8-year-old female was also in the same area of the residence, asleep, when the incident occurred.

A separate case filed against Christenson in March 2017 charged him with Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia. Details of that case are not known to DrydenWire.com.

DrydenWire.com reported in February 2018 that a Jury Trial had been scheduled on Christenson’s charges of felony Exposing Genitals to a Child.

According to online circuit court records, the Burnett County District Attorney and Christenson’s defense counsel presented a plea deal to the Court involving a 1- year Deferred Sentence Agreement that will include the following conditions: 1) Not commit further crimes. 2) Mental Health Assessment and follow thru. 3) Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and follow thru.

Christenson entered a plea of No Contest to an amended charge of Misdemeanor Lewd and Lascivious Behavior - in Public. As to his charge of Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia, that will be deferred pending completion of the agreement (according to online circuit court records).

The Court accepted the Deferred Agreement. During the hearing, the Court further stated that the victims did not want this case to go to a trial, and that the Court found this to be a very serious crime. If Christenson completes all conditions of his Deferred Sentence Agreement, his charges will be dismissed.


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Jury Trial Scheduled for Burnett Man Charged With Exposing Himself to a Child

Thursday, February 2, 2018 | by Ben Dryden

A jury trial is scheduled later this month for a Burnett County man facing charges of felony exposing genitals to a child.

Keith Christenson was charged criminally with Class I Felony Exposing Genitals to a Child after an incident that was reported to Burnett County Law Enforcement and Health & Human Services.

DrydenWire.com reported in April 2017 that a criminal complaint filed against Christenson stated that a forensic interview was conducted with the female victim who was 16 years old at the time of the incident.

During the interview the victim stated that she and another female victim, 8 years old at the time, were dancing around in the living room of a residence when Christenson allegedly said that he wanted to video tape them and then watch it on the television. The victim also said that Christenson was wearing only boxer shorts and a button-up shirt when this occurred. The victim said that she told Christenson to “put clothes on”, but he did not.

Early the next morning, the victim went on to say, Christenson came into the living room where was sleeping on a couch while the 8 year old victim was sleeping on a chair. Christenson allegedly woke the victim by calling her name several times and asking her if she was okay. When she said that she was, Christenson then sat in a chair near her.

After that, the victim said that she saw Christenson get up from the chair and saw that he was naked. He went into the hallway and was masturbating according to the statement of the victim. Christenson also allegedly asked the victim if she wanted to “jack him off.”

According to the criminal complaint, Christenson later asked the victim if she was going to get him into trouble.

Online circuit court records indicate that Christenson has been on a signature bond since April of 2017. Although details are not listed, online records also indicate that Christenson refused an offer made by the Burnett County District Attorney to resolve the matter, and at a hearing on February 1, 2018, the Court stated that a 2 day jury trial is to remain scheduled for the end of February.

The maximum penalty for a Class I Felony Offense in Wisconsin is imprisonment for 3 years and 6 months, a maximum fine of $10,000, or both.

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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Burnett County Man Charged with Exposing Himself to a Child

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

Charges have been filed in Burnett County against 53-year-old Grantsburg man for exposing his genitals to a child.

According to the criminal complaint, a Burnett County social worker conducted a forensic interview with the female victim who is 16-years-old. The incident occurred on March 3, 2017. The alleged victim stated that she and another female, who is 8-years-old, were in the residence where the incident occurred and were dancing around in the living room when Keith Christenson stated that he wanted to video tape them and then play it on the television.

Christenson was reportedly walking around in boxer shorts and a button up shirt at the time. The alleged victim told Christenson to “put clothes on”, however, he did not. Early the next morning, on March 4, 2017, the alleged victim stated that she was sleeping on a couch in the living room of the residence while the 8-year-old alleged victim was asleep on a chair in the same room.

The criminal complaint continues, stating that Christenson reportedly came into the living room and called the alleged victim's name several times, and asked if she was okay. She replied that she was.

Christenson then sat in a chair near the alleged victim. The alleged victim stated to investigators that she saw that Christenson was naked when he got up from the chair. Christenson then went into the hallway and was reportedly masturbating and asked the victim if she wanted to rub him and "jack him off”.

The alleged victim's statement in the criminal complaint goes on to say that she pretended she went back to sleep. The alleged victim stated that Christenson asked her if she was going to get him into trouble.

According to public record, Christenson appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on his felony charges on April 26, 2017. Christenson also has charges for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in a separate Burnett County Circuit Court case. Judge Kenneth Kutz ordered that Christenson is not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim in this case and placed him on a $2,500 signature bond.

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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