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RUSK COUNTY -- (DrydenWire.com) -- Multiple felony charges have been filed following law enforcement’s investigation into an alleged domestic violence sexual assault.

Law enforcement responded to a residence in Rusk County, WI on December 18, 2021, after Dispatch received a report of a domestic violence incident involving sexual assault.

A criminal complaint filed in Rusk County Circuit Court states that shortly before 3:00a, law enforcement made contact with an adult female who stated that she had just been assaulted physically and sexually.

The woman stated to law enforcement that she knew the alleged attacker and identified him as Ryan L. Nelson. She told law enforcement that Nelson had left the residence where the assault occurred in a black Chevy Suburban. She went on to state that there were also children present when the alleged assault occurred.

The woman went on to explain to law enforcement that at approximately 1:30a she was awoken by a noise. She saw that Nelson was in the room and was not wearing any clothing. When the woman asked Nelson what he was doing, he told her to go back to bed. The woman told Nelson to leave the room and he did. She turned over and shortly after that suddenly felt Nelson’s arm go around her neck and Nelson then allegedly forcibly pulled her off the bed. The criminal complaint states that Nelson maintained pressure on the woman’s neck, causing her to be unable to breathe or call for help, and he held her down with the weight of his body during the sexual assault which prevented her from getting away even though she was kicking and fighting. The woman stated that she believed the assault lasted for around 15 minutes and that she was assaulted multiple times with some object, but she was not sure what the object was.

The criminal complaint states that there were multiple children present in the residence when the alleged assault occurred and that the children witnessed portions of the incident. The children provided statements to law enforcement of what they observed.

The children were eventually able to gain entry into the bedroom, at which time Nelson stopped the assault and got off the woman. Nelson dressed and before leaving the residence stated, “I am going to prison aren’t I?”

The woman was taken to an area medical center for medical care.

Nelson was located later that day in the Village of Sheldon by law enforcement and taken into custody. When Nelson was arrested, Officers found on his person a rubber sex device molded in the shape of male genitalia.

Charges filed against Nelson include Class C Felony 2nd Degree Sexual Assault; Class G Felony 2nd Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, Class G Felony Intimidation of a Victim; Class H Felony False Imprisonment; Class H Felony Strangulation & Suffocation; Class I Felony Substantial Battery; Class H Felony Bail Jumping; Misdemeanor Theft; Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct; and Misdemeanor Bail Jumping. The charges against Nelson also carry additional penalty enhancers for Domestic Abuse and a provision that upon conviction of the sexual assault charge the State will seek to place Nelson on lifetime supervision for sex offenses.

Online circuit court records show that Nelson appeared most recently in Rusk County Circuit Court on January 25, 2022. The Court was advised at that time that a special prosecutor would be appointed to the case as the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office had discovered a conflict with the case. Nelson is scheduled to appear again in February 2022 according to online court records and is subject to a $1,000 cash bond.

In a separate court case, Nelson is charged with Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia; and Misdemeanor Operate With Restricted Controlled Substance in a Chippewa County Circuit Court case that was filed against him in December 2019. He is set to appear in court on those charges in February 2022. He is also charged with Misdemeanor Operate While Revoked in a separate court case filed against him in Sauk County circuit court in September 2020. A hearing is scheduled in March 2022 for Nelson on that 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.


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