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Wausau man accused of sexually assaulting young child

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By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — Police have arrested a 60-year-old Wausau man accused of sexually assaulting a child when the girl was about 7 years old.

Douglas Strasser faces felony charges of first degree sexual assault of a child younger than 13, child enticement, and two counts of exposing genitals to a child in a case filed March 8 in Marathon County Circuit Court.

An investigation began in February when the alleged victim, who is now 14, told social workers at the Eau Claire County Child Advocacy Center that Strasser approached her when the girl was visiting a family member, told her to take off her clothes, and touched her inappropriately. Strasser was known to the girl but they are not blood relatives, according to court documents.

Strasser allegedly asked the girl if she wanted to see his penis, then pulled down his pants and underwear and rubbed her breast.

When interviewed by police, Strasser said he was “more in shape back then” and thought the girl was attracted to him when he allowed her to “spit” in his mouth, according to the police report.

Strasser, who has no prior criminal history in Wisconsin, is free on bond. He is due in court April 8 for a pretrial conference.

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