Local man charged with sexual assault
An Ellsworth man was charged last month with allegedly having sexual intercourse with a child 16 years or older.
Corey J. Haase, 22, will have his first court appearance on the charge at 10 a.m. next Monday. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, meaning if he's found guilty, Haase is looking at a maximum penalty of $10,000 and/or nine months jail.
According to the criminal complaint, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department was first notified of the case June 2, when the 17-year-old victim, who is pregnant, reported it after speaking to her school guidance counselor and Pierce County Human Services Department officials.
The victim explained she had been dating Haase, who was 21 at the time, since last December and they had intercourse four times, and each time had been consensual and without protection.
She stated she's had intercourse with other males, but was pretty sure Haase was the father. She added she didn't initially want to report the pregnancy or get Haase into trouble, but changed her mind after he broke up with her and is denying paternity.
For more please read the Aug. 12 print version of the Herald.