A Necedah man has been charged with substantial battery after an incident Aug. 21 at a group home.
Alan J. Strouth, 24, could face up to three years and six months in prison or have to pay a $10,000 fine, or both, if convicted of the felony. Strouth also faces a disorderly conduct charge and may have to pay a $1,000 fine or face a prison term of 90 days, or both.
According to a criminal complaint:
On Aug. 21, a Juneau County sheriff’s deputy was called to the home along Buckeye Drive in the town of Necedah for a disturbance.
When the deputy arrived to the group home, Strouth was allegedly standing on the porch with an icepack on one of his hands. When the deputy walked into the living room, he saw a man lying on the floor, conscious, with towels and ice packs surrounding his face. According to the report, the man also had a swollen right cheek under his right eye about the size of a golf ball.
An ambulance service from Camp Douglas was called to the scene to transport the man to Mile Bluff Medical Center for treatment.
The alleged victim told the deputy Strouth came into the residence and hit him while he was sitting in a chair watching television. He told authorities Strouth is always a “hot head” and is very mouthy to everyone at the home. The man told the deputy he may have agitated Strouth with some comments, but never swung or hit him. He claimed Strouth just “went off on him.” He said he was unsure if he lost consciousness during the alleged attack.
When the deputy interviewed Stouth, he said the man was mouthing off to him and he went inside the house to confront him. He claimed the man swung at him and that he punched him “real lightly” on the face. He said the alleged victim put his hands up as if he was going to fight him and that was when he knocked the man out. Strouth said he hit the man twice and he fell to the floor.
A staff member at the group home said she didn’t see anything because she was in the office with another resident when the incident occurred.
Strouth was arrested and taken to the Juneau County Jail without incident. Photographs of the apparent injuries to the alleged victim’s face were taken as evidence.
Strouth signed a $1,000 signature bond Aug. 24 and was released. He has an initial appearance scheduled for Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Juneau County Justice Center.