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Victim files complaint against attorney general candidate Susan Happ over sex-crime case

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 MADISON (WKOW) -- The victim of a crime originally charged as a felony, child sex assault submitted an ethical complaint against attorney general candidate Susan Happ, stating Happ refused to consider relinquishing prosecution of the case, even though Happ had sold a home to the accused man.

"I did ask the prosecution/trial for the case to be moved to another jurisdiction or prosecuting office and was told by Happ's constituents that is was not possible or happening," the victim writes in her grievance to the state office of lawyer regulation. 27 News is not identifying the woman because she is the victim of an alleged sex assault.

Happ - Jefferson County's district attorney - signed the summons involved in the May 2013 charging of 36 year old Daniel Reynolds of Jefferson with two counts of felony, child sex assault, but the case was assigned to Assistant District Attorney Monica Hall.

In May 2012, property records show Reynolds submitted the final installment of a $180,000 payment to Happ and her husband, Laurence Rupprecht, for the purchase of their home.

In March 2014, Reynolds entered into a deferred prosecution agreement signed by Hall, reducing criminal charges to misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct, and requiring him to remain crime-free for a year, and pay for the victim's therapy, or face the possibility of sex-crime charges being reinstated.

"I believe that Reynolds got off easy in this case due to his connection to Happ," the victim writes in the grievance. "Reynolds who molested me got away with it."

"Something happened," a close relative of the victim tells 27 News.

"Something wrong happened in this whole system," the relative says.

Hall initially agreed to answers questions from 27 News about the case. But hours later, Hall contacted 27 News and said ethical rules connected to a pending case barred her from comment.

A criminal complaint against Reynolds states the victim came forward more than nine years after authorities say Reynolds assaulted her. The complaint states Reynolds touched the girl sexually, and forced her to touch him sexually, in assaults that became an almost "daily occurrence," beginning when she was in third grade.

"It was not easy for me to disclose what this molester did to me," the victim writes.

"He did not serve one day in jail, no probation, no conviction even remotely associated with his charge, or no sex offender registry," the grievance states.

"I just couldn't fathom the district's attorney's decision, reasoning and logic," the victim writes.

In a statement, Happ campaign manager Josh Lease stated there was "...nothing unethical or improper" about Happ's actions, in delegating the prosecution to a subordinate, and refers to state supreme court ethics rules.

"A district attorney can assign a case to someone else in the D.A.'s office and be 'screened off' from any decisions about the case," Lease writes.

Lease also states democrat Happ's actions were no different than republican A.G. candidate, Waukesha County district attorney Brad Schimel's recent handling of a sex crime prosecution of state lawmaker Bill Kramer. Kramer was a campaign contributor to Schimel, and Schimel delegated the case to a subordinate. Kramer remains charged with a felony.

Authorities say at the time of the crimes in Jefferson County, the victim was living with Reynolds and his wife, who was related to the victim. Reynolds and the woman later divorced.

Reynold's attorney, Daniel Fay, calls the deferred prosecution agreement "appropriate," and says friction between Reynolds and his former wife may have motivated the victim to concoct her claims.

"I wanted to protect other children," the victim writes in the grievance.  "I was not out for revenge."






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