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Happ donates campaign money from sex crime suspect's attorney

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 JEFFERSON (WKOW) -- A spokesperson for the campaign of attorney general candidate Susan Happ says Happ has donated a contribution from an attorney who has a controversial sex crime case being prosecuted by Happ's subordinate to a victims group.

State records show Daniel Fay donated $750 to Happ's campaign on July 2.

In March, Fay's client, Daniel Reynolds reached a plea agreement with Happ's subordinate, assistant Jefferson County district attorney Monica Hall, in which Reynolds would enter a deferred prosecution program, instead of standing trial on two, felony child sex assault charges. If Reynolds successfully completes the program next year, the charges will revert to misdemeanor disorderly conduct counts.

The victim in the case, who is now an adult, has filed an ethics complaint against Happ with the state office of lawyer regulation, maintaining Happ should have identified a special prosecutor outside her office to handle the case, because Happ and her husband had sold a home to Reynolds.

Happ campaign manager Josh Lease says there was nothing improper about Fay's contribution, with Reynolds' case pending. Lease says the $750 contribution is being donated to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault to "avoid even the appearance of impropriety."

Fay tells 27 News the outcome in the Reynolds' case had nothing to do with his political giving. "I'm a good enough lawyer that I don't need to give money to get good results," Fay tells 27 News.

Records maintained by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign show Fay gave contributions totaling $425 in 2013 to democrat Happ's opponent, Republican Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.

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