JUNEAU — An 18-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of breaking into Beaver Dam High School over the summer.
Cody L. Cassel, Fond du Lac, is charged with a burglary of a building or dwelling and could face up to 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted of the charge.
According to the criminal complaint, Beaver Dam police were contacted Aug. 6 by administration at Beaver Dam High School, 500 Gould St., after finding that someone had entered the school over that weekend and damaged three doors in the reception area before entering the office.
While in the office area, a modem was pulled from a computer and a Bucky Badger bobblehead figurine was destroyed.
A Louisville Slugger souvenir bat was also taken. The school had surveillance videos and Cassel was identified as a possible suspect. Cassel is a former student of the school.
Officers talked to Cassel at his home, and he allegedly admitted to being in the school the night of Aug. 4. According to the criminal complaint, Cassel said that he wanted to go in and look at the school and entered through an unlocked wooden door.
He said he was with another boy, but the other boy did not enter the office area with him, and he took the bat because he always wanted one.
A telephone scheduling conference for the case is scheduled Dec. 6.