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SAWYER COUNTY -- The State has re-filed charges against a Hayward, WI man for repeated sexual assault of a child after the original case was dismissed just prior to the Jury trial.

DrydenWire previously reported that two counts of Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child were filed against Cameron Leach, of Hayward, WI. The criminal complaint filed against Leach alleged that the assaults of the children occurred over a period of time from 2009 through 2016. The children would have been 7 years of age in 2009.

According to the criminal complaint, Leach stated that he “accidentally” had sexual contact with both of the children; that the two children initiated the sexual contact; and that it was their fault that it occurred.

The Hon. John Yackel initially placed Leach on a $250,000 cash bond; however that was later reduced to $100,000 by Judge John Anderson after the case was assigned to him.

Online circuit court records show that a new court case has been filed after the original case was dismissed following a hearing on June 28, 2021, for issues with the filing of Trial documents regarding witness testimony at Jury Trial.

The trial was to be held on July 12, 2021, after being adjourned twice from earlier trial dates that had been scheduled.

The State had previously proposed to present video-recorded forensic interviews of the alleged victims. However, at a hearing in March 2021 the Court found that by statute the video interviews would not be admissible at trial.

At the hearing on June 28, 2021, Leach’s defense attorney made a motion for non-compliance to the Court because the State had not filed a list of witnesses who would testify at the trial. The Court found that the trial would proceed and granted the motion precluding the State from calling witnesses at the trial. The State then made a motion to dismiss the case without prejudice, which the Court granted. Leach was released from bond.

The State filed a new court case that same day with two counts of Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child once again charged against Leach. An arrest warrant was also issued for Leach.

The warrant was served on Leach on June 30, 2021, and on July 1, 2021, Leach appeared for a hearing, while in custody, regarding the newly filed court case. This hearing was presided over by the Hon. Angeline Winton.

Judge Winton issued a new $100,000 cash bond. Leach’s defense attorney made a statement of intent to file a request for substitution of judge, and Judge Winton requested the Clerk of Court schedule a review to ensure proper filing/scheduling. A new hearing will be scheduled after the request for substitution is filed and processed.

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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