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Appleton lawyer’s sexual assault trial to begin on April 21

On Monday, April 21 Appleton attorney, David Dudas, 49, will face 31 counts ranging from first-degree sexual assault to felony charges of suffocation and strangulation. The trial is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. and will include four days of testimony.

Dudas had been taken into police custody last July after his wife called the police and reported that Dudas hit her in the head, repeatedly suffocated her, and sexually assaulted her that day. Additionally, Dudas’ wife stated that she had been subjected forceful sexual intercourse over the span of a year.

Being charged with a criminal offense can be extremely frightening. The attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. represent Appleton people that are summoned to appear in criminal court. Call our offices at (414) 271-9595 to speak with a member of our team about your case.


Kakauna man charged with sexual assault

Wisconsin resident Ryan Collins, 32, has been charged with repeated sexual assault and child enticement for having an affair with a 13-year-old girl. Preliminary hearings against Collins started on Friday, March 7.

Fox Valley Metro Police Officer, Jeff Nett, said the unidentified girl told the police that two weeks following  their initial meeting, Collins took her back to his house where they engaged in sexual activities.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl told Collins that she was 18 or 19 years old when they first met. Collins told police that he didn’t know she was underage until after the girl’s mother called him to say the girl was pregnant.

Facing criminal charges can be extremely stressful. If you have been accused of a serious crime in Appleton, the attorneys at Hart Powell, S.C. could make a significant difference in the outcome of your trial. Call (414) 271-9595 to discuss your legal options with a member of our team.


4-H volunteer faces sexual assault charges

A volunteer for the 4-H program in Calumet County has been charged with two counts of child enticement and sexual assault of a teenage girl.

Chance J. Ujazdowski, 30, of Hortonville could be sentenced to 62 years in prison if he is found guilty of all of the charges filed against him. The charges against Ujazdowski are related to incidents that occurred in Outagamie County. Allegedly, Ujazdowski initiated an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old girl involved in the 4-H program.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Han noted that, aside from the two incidents of sexual assualt in Outagamie County, there had been other incidents in a different county that occurred in February of 2013. Ujazdowski’s defense attorney, James Long, asked the court to assign a bond for his client based only on the Outagamie County charges.

If you have been charged with severe criminal charges, hiring legal counsel could optimize a favorable outcome in court. The attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. represent Appleton people that face criminal charges. Call (414) 271-9595 to speak with a member of our legal team.

Wisconsin officials plan to crackdown on sex crimes

In a bid to discourage sex trafficking and prostitution, law enforcement officials in Wisconsin are initiating a program that seeks to educate people on the dangers of being involved in sex-related crimes.

According to Grand Chute Police Detective Scott Callaway, actions that the county has taken to overcome the prostitution problem in their area include prosecuting more sex crimes and instituting educational rehabilitation programs in lieu of jail time.

Appleton Police Lieutenant Steve Elliott said the city raised the penalties for sexual crime offenders in their area from mere citations to actual charges so as to deter prostitution in their area, noting that handing out mere citations “wasn’t an effective way of getting into the problem.”

Meanwhile, Outagamie County Assistant District Andrew Maier said the county is educating johns by sending them to a daylong “john school” where they are made aware of the societal damage that human trafficking can have.

Because our team at Hart Powell, S.C. knows that people in Appleton who are charged with sex crimes value their life, freedom, legal rights, and reputation, we do our utmost to defend them against criminal charges. Call us today at 414-271-9595 to discuss the charges you are facing and how we can help build a strong defense.

Cary local sentenced to 45 years for criminal sexual assault, among other crimes

39-year-old Cary, Wisconsin resident Michael Scott Reck received a 45-year jail sentence for sex crimes by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather after agreeing to a plea bargain on Friday, October 11.

According to Assistant State Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein, Reck fondled, molested, and otherwise sexually abused at least five children, ages 4 to 14, over six-month period.

Reck was charged and pleaded guilty to four crimes including predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, two counts of criminal sexual assault, and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a sex crime, you may be required to register as a sex offender for life. In order to avoid such life-altering consequences, you need an experienced defense attorney on your side. Please call (414) 271-9595 to contact an attorney at Hart Powell, S.C. in Appleton today.