Whitewater man charged with sexually assaulting two children

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Jonah Beleckis | August 22, 2017

ELKHORN—A Whitewater man faces life in prison without parole after two children told police the man sexually assaulted them, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday in Walworth County Court.

Jeffrey L. Olds, 59, of 314 E. Milwaukee St., upper unit, is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a young girl and two counts of sexual assault of a teenage girl.

All four counts have the persistent repeater modifier due to Olds' convictions in 1996 of first-degree sexual assault of a child and in 1997 of exposing a sex organ to a child. Both cases were in Jefferson County Court.

Olds was sentenced to two years of probation for the sexual assault case, court records show. The 1997 conviction was a misdemeanor, and Olds was sentenced to pay costs.

Each of the four charges Olds now faces carry a minimum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

On June 25, a woman told police Olds attended a cookout she had the day before in Whitewater, according to the complaint. The woman said Olds told her he was too drunk to drive and asked to stay at her home.

When the woman woke up the next morning, the young girl told her she did not want Olds to come to their home anymore because he climbed into her bed, touched her inappropriately under her nightgown and tried to kiss her, according to the complaint.

The woman then told police about a teenage girl who within the past year did not want to be near Olds, according to the complaint.

The teen told police it was because of what Olds did to her, and when she was asked what that meant, she spelled the word “sex.”

Sometime in 2016, the teen said Olds performed sex acts on her against her will, according to the complaint. The next day, she was in pain, she said.

On Aug. 14, Olds denied the allegations to police, according to the complaint.
Referring to the alleged incident after the cookout, Olds said, “Maybe I got up in the middle of the night and went in the wrong room instead of the bathroom,” according to the complaint.

He said he might have gone into the room thinking a woman was in there instead of the girl.

Olds said he does not think he sexually assaulted the teen in 2016. He said maybe it was a similar case of “mistaken identity,” in which he did not realize who she was, according to the complaint.

“I can't say that she's lying,” Olds said, according to the complaint. “I mean, if I was sleeping and she came in there or something, and she crawled in the bed with me, maybe she started touching me or hugging me or something, and maybe I played along with that and then realized it was her.”

“That's why I don't like having kids around,” Olds said, according to the complaint.
Judge Kristine Drettwan set a $100,000 cash bond for Olds on Aug. 15, court records show.

Olds is next due in court for a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29.

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