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Man charged with sex crimes, police searching for additional victims

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) – Police are looking for more victims after prosecutors filed criminal charges against a man accused of sexually assaulting a boy in Altoona.

The Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office filed charges of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and Child Sexploitation against Dennis Hess, 42, of Bruce. Officers arrested him at his home on Wednesday. He’s in the Eau Claire County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

Investigators say Hess sexually assaulted a boy under age 16 during a ten-year period, and recorded him engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A criminal complaint shows Hess acknowledged sexually assaulting the boy multiple times, touching another boy inappropriately, and having taken graphic pictures of them.

Altoona police say their investigation shows that there are several other potential victims of similar crimes in Northwestern Wisconsin. Officers say they want to talk with anyone with information regarding any other victims.

If you have information that could help the investigation, call the Altoona Police Department at (715) 839-6090.
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ALTOONA, Wis. (ALTOONA POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On March 13, 2013 Altoona Police Investigators arrested Dennis Hess at his residence in Rusk County alleging that he sexually assaulted a child in the City of Altoona.

On March 15, 2013 the Eau Claire County District Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint charging DENNIS R. HESS 08/22/1970 with Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and Child Sexploitation.

Dennis Hess is alleged to have repeatedly sexually assaulted a child under 16 years old over a 10 year period. He is further alleged to have recorded the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Additional investigation indicates there are numerous potential victims of similar conduct in the Northwestern Wisconsin. Altoona Police investigators would like to speak with anyone with information regarding additional victims.

Altoona Police Department is presently being assisted by numerous other agencies including Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, Eau Claire Police Department, Chippewa Valley Regional Computer Forensics Lab, and the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center.

Dennis Hess is presently being held in the Eau Claire County Jail on a $50,000 Cash Bond.

Anyone with information on Dennis Hess can contact Altoona Police Department at (715) 839-6090.


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