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Suspect in 1990s child rape case being charged in Winona County



A child rape case from about 20 years ago could be heard next month in Winona County court.

Richard Pollema of Winona is 56 years old now.

He’s accused of sexual misconduct, for allegedly raping a young teenage girl, impregnating her back in 1997 — when he was 35.

Pollema reportedly admitted to fathering the child.

The victim claims Pollema sexually assaulted her several times over a two-year period while she was between the ages of 13 and 15.

They apparently met in an online chatroom.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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