ONEIDA COUNTY -- A Spooner, WI man facing a charge of sexual assault of a child has been placed on a deferred agreement with a plea of No Contest to a reduced charge in Oneida County Circuit Court.
DrydenWire.com reported in June 2019 that Daniel Scribner, of Spooner, WI, was facing charges of Sexual Assault of a Child Under 16 Years of Age after the Spooner Police Department and the Minocqua Police Department investigated an incident that had allegedly occurred at Waters of Minocqua on Sunday, June 16, 2019.
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A criminal complaint filed against Scribner contained allegations that Scribner had touched a child sexually while in a hot tub. When interviewed by Investigators Scribner stated that he had been in a hot tub with a minor, however, denied that he engaged in any inappropriate touching of the child.
Online circuit court records show that at a hearing on June 26, 2020, the Oneida County District Attorney moved to amend Scribner’s charge to a reduced charge of Misdemeanor Neglecting a Child (Specified Harm Did Not Occur).
At the hearing on June 26, 2020, the child victim’s family stated to the Court that they wanted a Jury Trial on the case. The Court made a statement as to the District Attorney’s duty to confer with victims, and that the District Attorney can exercise discretion. The District Attorney confirmed that discussions had taken place with the victim in the case.
The Court proceeded with the plea hearing, finding that a factual basis existed for the plea being entered by Scribner, and accepting the proposed 30-month Deferred Agreement.
Details as to the conditions of the Deferred Agreement are not listed in online circuit court records, however Scribner does remain under conditions of a bail bond prohibiting him from having any direct, unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 18 (other than his immediate family) including the victim, and also prohibiting him from disclosing the identity of the victim and witnesses in the matter.