Saturday, October 13, 2007

Brown County GOP chair charged with child enticement, contributing to delinquency of a child

The Brown County Republican Party chair has been charged with performing sexual acts on a boy under 18 and giving marijuana to a minor, according to court documents.
 
Donald Fleischman faces felony counts of child enticement and exposing himself to a child along with two misdemeanor counts for contributing to the delinquency of a child and one misdemeanor for exposing himself to a child, according to the criminal complaint.

"We just learned about this this morning, and to our knowledge he has resigned his position. We don't know any other details," RPW spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski said Friday.
 
Fleischman faces a maximum sentence of up to 52 years and three months and a fine of up to $230,000.
 
Fleischman didn't return calls to his home phone or business phone. His attorney, Jeffrey Jazgar, failed to return calls by press time.
 
The address for Fleischman in the Brown County criminal complaint is the same one listed on the Republican Party of Brown County's most recent campaign finance report filed with the state Elections Board as well as its 527 Political Organization Filing Information. There was only one listing for a Don Fleischman in Green Bay.
 
Fleischman allegedly allowed at least two 16-year-old boys to stay at his house and told one of them he could "smoke pot and drink alcohol" at his house and not have to worry about anything, according to the criminal complaint.
 
The complaint was filed Sept. 7, 2007 and says the incidents took place in 2006.
 
The boys lived at home for at-risk youth receiving court-ordered treatment that is located across the street from Fleischman's house. Fleischman allegedly offered the boys marijuana, and one of the juveniles alleged that Fleischman said he could stay at his house if he ever ran away.
 
One of the victims said Fleischman allegedly told him "it would be cool for him to have two 16-year-old roommates and he stated he would even do their laundry for them."
 
Green Bay Police Officer Rodney Reetz responded to Fleischman's residence Nov. 19, 2006, where he allegedly found one of the runaway boys from the Ethan House, according to the criminal complaint. The boy was hiding in an upstairs closet wearing only a T-shirt and underpants, according to the complaint. The boy said that two other juveniles allegedly were at the house and left earlier that day.
 
Green Bay Police Officer David Paral went to Fleischman's residence Dec. 8, 2006, when he allegedly found one of the same juveniles at his house in the upstairs bedroom. The criminal complaint alleges that Fleischman was trying to get the juvenile to turn himself into police for running away.
 
The complaint alleges that Fleischman fondled the boy when they would go to bed and performed other sexual acts on the boy.
 
Fleischman, who was released on a $20,000 signature bond, was ordered not to consume alcohol, to have no contact with any minor children and to move within 60 days of Sept. 28, according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access system.
 
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29.
 
See the criminal complaint

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