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Former La Crosse city council candidate released after bond is reduced in child sexual assault case



Chauncy Turner enters court in La Crosse on June 7, 2023 (PHOTO: Brad Williams).

A former La Crosse city council candidate has bonded out of jail, while he awaits trial on charges of sexually assaulting children.

Chauncy Turner’s bond was lowered from $10,000 cash to $500 during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday.

The 31-year-old faces two felony counts of sexually assaulting children under the age of 13. Prosecutors believe multiple children have been victims.

Turner also faces a count of invading privacy with a surveillance device.

The criminal complaint said Turner recorded children in a bathroom/shower using his cellphone. Videos were found, after a search warrant showing him setting up the camera.

La Crosse County circuit court Judge Elliott Levine found probable cause to schedule a trial in the case.

Turner could violate his bond if he has contact with anyone under 18. He is expected to live with a relative in Sparta before his trial takes place in La Crosse County court.

Turner ran and lost an April 2021 election for city council in District 13.

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. Lucenut

    June 8, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    Looks like a nice Norwegian lad.

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