Boyd man charged with sex assault at Country Fest

Boyd man charged with sex assault at Country Fest

From the From Herald files: Top crime stories for April in the Chippewa Falls area series
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A Boyd man has been charged with sexually assaulting an intoxicated 15-year-old girl at Country Fest.

Joseph J. McDermond, 17, 10008 300th St., was charged in Chippewa County Court with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated victim. McDermond will return to court July 14.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told counselors that she had attended Country Fest in rural Cadott last June, and she admitted she had been consuming beer. She said she was intoxicated and was having difficulty walking. She said McDermond sexually assaulted her.

When interviewed by police, McDermond initially denied the incident occurred, but later claimed the sexual interaction was consensual.

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