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UPDATE: UW-Madison researcher charged in sex sting resigns

UPDATE: Monday (12/22/08) 4:30 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A chemistry researcher charged in an online sex sting has resigned from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

University spokeswoman Amy Toburen says 29-year-old research associate Kevin Kreisel resigned his job on Saturday.

Kreisel had been put on paid leave last week after the university learned he was charged in Vernon County with attempting to cause a child to view sexual activity and attempting to expose a child to harmful material. He has pleaded not guilty.

A criminal complaint accuses Kreisel of exposing himself on a Web cam to a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl.

Kreisel declined comment last week when reached in a chemistry laboratory. His attorney said his client is presumed innocent of the charges.

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Tuesday (12/16/08)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison is launching a review into a researcher charged in an online sex sting.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Kreisel is charged with attempting to cause a child to view sexual activity and attempting to expose a child to harmful material. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which accuse him of exposing himself on a Web cam to a police officer posing as a 13-year-old girl.

University spokeswoman Amy Toburen says the school did not find out about the charges filed in Vernon County in western Wisconsin until today.

Kreisel was still working this afternoon at a chemistry laboratory, where he is a research associate. Reached by phone, he said he had no comment.

Online court records show Kreisel was first charged in October. Prosecutors amended the charges last month before he made his initial court appearance.

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