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UPDATE: (Bond lowered in Monroe County case) Kendall man out on bond in Vernon County for sexual assault of a child charged with child enticement in Monroe County

SPARTA Wis. – Registered sex offender Nathan L. Anderson was back in Monroe County Circuit Court on Thursday, July 6 to ask for a reduction in his bond. Anderson has been in custody since March when he was arrested for soliciting a child for prostitution and child enticement in Monroe County while on bond for similar charges in Vernon County.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Richard Radcliffe originally set Anderson’s bond at $5,000 cash but lowered that on Thursday to $1,000 cash, with conditions. Anderson must comply with bond monitoring including GPS monitoring, and have no unsupervised contact with any minor and no contact at all with the alleged victim.

Anderson is due back in Monroe County court on July 11 for a preliminary hearing and is scheduled to appear in Vernon County court on August 2 for a status conference.

Previous post – Tuesday, July 4

SPARTA, Wis. – Nathan L. Anderson, 51, of Kendall, Wisconsin is facing charges of child enticement and soliciting a child for prostitution for text messages he allegedly sent to a 15-year-old male while on bond for a sexual assault of a child charge in Vernon County. Anderson made an appearance in court in the Vernon County case back in April, but appeared via video from the Monroe County jail because he had been arrested in that county on the new charges.

According to a criminal complaint in the Monroe County case, investigators began looking into an incident where Anderson was accused of having a sexually explicit Facebook chat with a 15-year-old male he had known previously. Investigators received a call from the mother of the boy and made contact with her as well as other friends and family. They told investigators the the boy had sent screenshots of conversation in which Anderson allegedly asked the boy to join him for a “gang bang” with a 30 year-old female. All the people questioned said Anderson was aware of the boys age and they knew Anderson was a registered sex offender and took steps to keep any children away from where he was staying. Anderson is on the Wisconsin Department of Corrections sex registry after being convicted of incest in the city of Viroqua in 2014.

Investigators later questioned the boy directly and he relayed the same information as well as more details about the chat. The boy told investigators Anderson told him he could “increase his income by 400 percent”. At first the boy thought the message might be a scam but Anderson later talked about specifics that made it clear it was Anderson. The boy said the chat was very graphic and made him very uncomfortable and he told Anderson not to come near him. The boy also told investigators about a previous incident where Anderson allegedly asked him to get nude photos of his girlfriend. According to the criminal complaint Anderson also made references in the chat a cash app and people in other states.

Investigators also made contact with Anderson and asked him about the chat. Anderson admitted to he sometimes chatted with the boy on Facebook about other things but had unfriended the boy after the chat in question and could not remember all the details of what they chatted about. He said he had deleted the conversation, and the 30-year-old female he referenced was in New York. Anderson said he referenced the cash app because he was initially going ask the boy for money then his brain took a “vacation”. When Anderson was asked if the invitation to have sex was an invitation to sex with him or the female, Anderson initially said no, then said he couldn’t remember. Anderson said he already tried to apologize to the boy and the family and knew he was already facing charges in Vernon County. Anderson told investigators he “will always be a meth addict”. Investigators seized two phones from Anderson and took him into custody.

Anderson was charged with child enticement, and class D felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine. A second charge of soliciting a child for prostitution is also a class D felony that carries the same maximums. Anderson has also been charged with bail jumping. One of the conditions of his bond in Vernon County is that he not break the law while on bond.

Anderson appeared in Monroe County Circuit Court by video from the Monroe County Detention Center on Monday, June 3. Anderson’s attorney Blake Duren asked for a preliminary hearing and Judge Richard Radcliffe set a date for the hearing for July 11 at 3 p.m. Anderson also asked the judge for a bond reduction and Judge Radcliffe set a bond hearing for Thursday, July 6 at 1 p.m.

Anderson is due back in Vernon County Circuit Court on August 2 at 1 p.m. for a status conference.


Previous post – April, 19 2023

Kendall man faces several child sexual assault charges in Vernon and Monroe Counties

VIROQUA, Wis. – A 51-year-old man from Kendall, Wis. is facing sexual assault of a child charges from 2015 when he lived Viroqua, Wis. According to a criminal complaint filed in Vernon County, 51-year-old Nathan L. Anderson faces three charges as the result of an investigation into his relationship with then 6-year-old over a period of about one year. Anderson faces one count of repeated sexual assault of child, a Class B felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison, and because the defendant was over 18, not less than 25 years.  Count two is child enticement, a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Count three is causing a child under the age of 13 to witness or listen to sexual activity, a Class F felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. 

The criminal complaint states the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office investigators were first notified of the case when a social worker with the Outagamie County Child Services office in Appleton, Wis. called about a possible sexual abuse of a child case that they believe occurred in Vernon County around 2015. That Sheriff’s investigator later received a DVD of an interview of the victim conducted by a forensic interviewer at the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center in Neenah in June of 2022. The victim made claims of being sexually assaulted numerous times at Anderson’s home when he was babysitting.

The investigator with the Sheriff’s Office eventually made contact with the victim’s mother who said she knew Anderson from working with him in Westby, and later he and his wife would babysit for her while she went to work in Viroqua. She said Anderson and his wife lived with another couple in Viroqua where they took her child for them to babysit. She said she moved away from Viroqua in 2016 and only learned of the abuse later when her child was in counseling.

An officer with the Viroqua Police Department later interviewed Anderson about the allegations. Anderson admitted to knowing the victim but could not remember a name. Anderson said he did babysit the child when they were about five or six, typically for about five to six hours each time. When asked about the allegations Anderson denied them but later said he suffered from Addison’s disease that affected his memory. He said his memory loss related to a time when he was in a coma. When asked about his relationship with the child, Anderson said he loved them and hoped he had not done anything to them, but it is possible he just couldn’t remember. Anderson then told the investigator he would sometimes purposely place his hands on a hot burner to burn himself. When asked why he would do that Anderson said it was to “burn the love out his heart” for the victim. Anderson said when started “getting feelings” for the victim he would burn his hands so he would not fulfill his thoughts.

Anderson appeared in Vernon County Circuit Court via video from the Monroe County Jail on Wednesday, April 19 for his arraignment. Anderson stood mute and a plea of not guilty on all counts was entered on his behalf by Vernon County Circuit Court Judge Darcy Rood.

Anderson appeared via video from the Monroe County Jail because he faces similar charges in that county including child enticement- sexual contact, soliciting a child for prostitution, and bail jumping. Anderson also faces criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct charges in Green County. Anderson’s next court appearance in Vernon County Court will be on June 7 at 1 p.m. for a status conference.

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