MARATHON COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW)-- A 31-year-old Marathon County man has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a foster child in his care.
The investigation began July 25 after the man's wife suspected the abuse. To protect the identity of the alleged victim, NewsChannel 7 will not name the defendant.
The suspect is charged with first degree child sexual assault, sexual assault of a child by a foster parent, exposing genitals to a child and child abuse.
Department of Children and Families told NewsChannel 7 by email following the suspects first court hearing, “if a foster parent is accused of abusing or neglecting their foster child the county will immediately assess the safety of any child(ren) in that foster parent’s care”.
A spokesperson for the department shared if the children are determined to be unsafe, they will be immediately removed from the home and the foster home license would be placed on hold. She stated an investigation into the allegations would be conducted separately from any criminal investigation that may also take place. DCF reports if the child welfare investigation substantiates the parent for abuse or neglect, their foster care license would be revoked.
The defendant remains in custody in on $100,000 cash bond.