Thursday, October 18, 2007

2nd C.D. Dem chair charged with lewd and lascivious behavior

Dem 2nd Congressional District chair Randy Udell, facing a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior following a sting operation at a public park in Rock County, resigned last night.

Udell didn't return a message left this afternoon seeking comment. Peter Rickman has been named as Udell's replacement for the 2nd CD chair.

The incident follows last week's resignation by the Brown County Republican Party chair, who was charged with performing sexual acts on a boy under 18 and giving marijuana to a minor, according to court documents. See Friday's REPORT.

The Rock County district attorney's office didn't return a call from WisPolitics seeking the police report. But according to a report in the Janesville Gazette, Udell was caught in a sting operation at Carver-Roehl Park.

According to the article, Udell was seen Sept. 25 by an officer repeatedly entering and exiting a park restroom and exposed himself to an officer when the officer entered the restroom.

Udell was one of four men arrested in the sting over the last several weeks. Police say the undercover operation began about six weeks ago after deputies noticed an increase in suspicious activity at the park, including men sitting alone in their vehicles.

DPW chairman Joe Wineke said the charges were "disappointing if true," but said he'll reserve judgment.

"I consider Randy a good man," Wineke said. "I don't know what all has happened here. My understanding is he doesn't agree with the charge. I'm not going to prejudge anybody when all I know is what I read in the paper."

According to DPW spokesman Rachel Strauch-Nelson, Rickman has been active with the county party for several years. Last summer, he was elected to the 2nd CD Executive Board. He lives in Madison.

See the Janesville Gazette story:

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