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Troy E. Helman

Prosecutors say a Reedsburg man used the Bible as justification for molesting a young child.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office has charged 45-year-old Troy E. Helman with two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 60 years.

In an interview, a child told a detective with the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office that Helman had inappropriate sexual contact with her multiple times a week over the course of about a year.

“He would tell her it was OK, then talk about how it was biblical in nature what he was doing,” the criminal complaint against Helman states.

Investigators later spoke with Helman, who allegedly admitted to those offenses as well as inappropriately touching four other young girls over time. Helman challenged the girl’s recollection of how often the incidences occurred, according to the complaint.

Helman was released from jail Tuesday after he posted a $10,000 cash bond. He has been ordered not to have contact with any females younger than age 18, including the alleged victims.

He is due back in court July 8.