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Former Princeton pastor jailed in Douglas Co. on sexual assault charge

A former pastor is behind bars in Douglas County, charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a...
A former pastor is behind bars in Douglas County, charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a child.(Douglas Co.)
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 4:43 PM CDT
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SUPERIOR, WI -- A $500,000 cash bond has been set for a former pastor accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child.

Jeffrey Anthony Charles had his first court appearance Thursday and is set to be back in court next week. He is facing one felony.

The 61-year-old is from Princeton, MN, where he was a pastor.

However, according to the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office, the alleged abuse happened at his cabin in the Town of Summit, which is just south of Superior.

Authorities say the abuse happened between 2005 and 2010 starting when the victim was three years old.

We don’t know how the two knew each other.

Charles also was convicted of sexual abuse in Iowa back in 1997.

“It is very common for child sexual assault victims to disclose prior abuse for the first time long after it has happened, sometimes years later. Even in that circumstance, crime victims should know that they will be listened to and taken seriously, that their case will be investigated, and that while charges may not be able to be brought in every case, appropriate cases can and will be prosecuted,” Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf said.

Survivors of clergy or faith leader abuse, their friends and family, or anyone who has information about the actions of Charles are encouraged to report that information to DOJ either online at SupportSurvivors.widoj.gov or by calling 1-877-222-2620.

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