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Onalaska man accused of sexual assault, impregnating 14-year-old



Bond is set at $25,000 cash for a Chicago man charged in La Crosse County with repeated sexual assaults of the same child over a two-year period, before she became pregnant.

Bruce Nelson, formerly from Onalaska, also is accused of child enticement. 

Investigators say a 14-year-old local girl had a baby in La Crosse this week, and the 37-year-old Nelson appears to be the father.  

Nelson reportedly went by the name “Tone McPherson” and claimed to be 19. 

Although Nelson recently moved to Chicago, he was arrested in Onalaska early in the week.

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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  1. Rita

    June 28, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    Where were the parents of the girl impregnatted by this man. I doubt it is the first time. At 14 years old, she is still a ward of her parents and should have been protected by them. Now there is a lot of pain & suffering and a child that is not wanted. There are thousands of them, and not their fault. If the schools and home do not teach right from wrong our country will continue to have this and it is very sad!!!! They are taught there is Planned parenthood, they will be your savior, and they are NOT, that is not a birthcontrol agency. they are money oriented!!!!

    • Mom's against meth

      May 11, 2022 at 7:31 pm

      The parent was at work! He picked up the victim from middle school. It’s the assailants fault for breaking the law and nobody else!

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