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Boss accused of sexually assaulting unconscious employee in Lake Delton hotel

Boss accused of sexually assaulting unconscious employee in Lake Delton hotel

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Prosecutors say the co-owner of a southeastern Wisconsin dairy farm sexually assaulted an employee last year while he was unconscious in a Lake Delton hotel room.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged Kenneth J. Strack Jr., 39, of Random Lake, with felony second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim.

The criminal complaint says Strack is co-owner of Strack-View Farms, and that one of his employees contacted Lake Delton police in February about a sexual assault that allegedly took place more than a year before.

The employee told police the two men attended a conference at a Lake Delton resort in January 2017, and shared a hotel room. He said he awoke in the middle of the night to Strack “pulling down his shorts and boxers.”

The employee told authorities he froze and pretended to be asleep because he was in shock about what was happening. After that, Strack allegedly began to perform oral sex on the employee and took photos with his cell phone.

The employee told investigators he eventually ended the assault by pretending to wake up, which caused his boss to stop. The employee said Strack left about $200 or $300 for him on the hotel night stand the next morning, but that he did not take it.

Strack could not be reached for comment Thursday.

After the employee reported the incident, investigators arranged a recorded phone call between the two men in which the employee confronted his former boss.

The complaint says that during the recorded call, Strack admitted to performing oral sex on the employee while he slept, and said he was “sorry for doing that to him.”

The felony charge against Strack carries a maximum 40-year prison sentence. He is due to appear Aug. 15. in Sauk County Circuit Court.

Follow Tim Damos on Twitter @timdamos or contact him at 608-356-4808 ext. 238.

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