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GOP Leader Faces
Charges for Sexual Encounters With Minor

GOP Leader Faces
Charges for Sexual Encounters With Minor

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A noted Wisconsin Republican leader could face up to 52 years in prison if found guilty of enticing a minor with drugs and alcohol last year.

A noted Wisconsin Republican leader could face up to 52 years in prison if found guilty of enticing a minor with drugs and alcohol last year. Donald Fleischman, chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, is accused of fondling a 16-year-old runaway from a juvenile facility, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The preliminary hearing is set for October 29.

The teen told authorities that Fleischman took him to a hotel and then a cabin in 2006. When he tried to sleep, he said, Fleischman would fondle him. On one occasion, according to the youth, he awoke to find Fleischman masturbating on the edge of the bed.

Police went to Fleischman's home on November 19, 2006, where they found the boy hiding in a closet, wearing nothing but a T-shirt and underwear.

The GOP leader appeared in court on September 28 and is free on a signature bond. He faces three misdemeanor charges and two felony ones, including contributing to the delinquency of a child. Fleischman's attorney, Jeff Jazgar, said his client is innocent.

"Our plan is to get some witnesses to testify and present enough information to dismiss the case," he said in the article.

Fleischman has stepped down from his post as the county's GOP chair. (The Advocate)

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