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Daniel Stafford

Stafford

A Whitehall man has been convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child between the age of 5 and 10.

Daniel A. Stafford, 66, of 18641 Dewey St., pleaded no contest July 13 to one of five counts of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child.

The other four counts were dismissed and read in to the record.

Judge Steve Gibbs ordered a presentence investigation.

Stafford is set to be sentenced 9 a.m. Nov. 29.

Stafford was first charged in April 2017, and initially pleaded not guilty to all five charges at a February hearing.

A then-14-year-old child told authorities in March 2017 that Stafford had touched the child’s genital area under and over clothing “60 or more times” at a Lake Wissota residence and in a car, according to a criminal complaint.

The incidents happened at Stafford’s Lake Wissota residence and in a car, the child reported.

Stafford told an investigator in March 2017 he “touched (the child’s) ‘crotch’” over clothing more than once, according to the complaint.

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Chippewa Herald reporter

Sarah Seifert reports for the Chippewa Herald. Contact her with tips or story ideas at 715-738-1608 or at sarah.seifert@lee.net.

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