Whitehall Police Officer Appears in Court

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Daniel J. Wineski is charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child, intimidation of a victim, false imprisonment, and three counts of misconduct in office.

The court entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.

Authorities say in 1996, Wineski forced sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl and threatened her with a gun to keep the incident from being reported.

La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez presided over the hearing after a Trempealeau County judge refused himself because of familiarity to Wineski.

Today, the defense requested a substitution, which would appoint a third judge to the case.

If convicted, Wineski faces 33 years in prison