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Future of downtown La Crosse music venue in doubt, following sexual abuse of teens accusations



Pictured here, on Sept. 21, 2023, the Warehouse music venue, on Pearl Street (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

La Crosse police say they have not been asked, yet, to investigate charges of criminal misconduct, including sexual abuse, against the long-time executive director of the Warehouse on Pearl Street.

The Warehouse is an alcohol-free music venue for people of all ages.

The Warehouse Alliance said it has cut ties with the owner of the building, Stephen Harm, who has also been director of the organization.

One board member with the Warehouse resigned, calling attention to reports that Harm has been involved in grooming and abusive behavior with teenage females.

Pictured here on Sept. 21, 2023, the Warehouse music venue on Pearl Street (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Board member Ben Koch said in a written statement posted online that it would be “virtually impossible” to keep the Warehouse going following the allegations against Harm.

Koch added that the Warehouse organization must be dissolved. There appears to be no current court cases in La Crosse County involving the operation of the Warehouse.

The Warehouse organization’s board recently learned of claims that Harm was accused of sexual activity with underage girls over a period of years.

The upstairs venue at the corner of 4th and Pearl has been a concert location and a gathering place for young people since the 1990s.

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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