Baraboo sex offender faces new assault charge

October 27, 2018 GMT

A registered sex offender living in Baraboo is facing new charges that he sexually assaulted a cognitively impaired man.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office on Friday charged 32-year-old Ronan R. Tangerose with felony third-degree sexual assault, alleging he performed a sexual act on a vulnerable individual without his consent.

According to the criminal complaint, the case came to the attention of authorities on Oct. 18, when the alleged victim’s mother contacted the Baraboo Police Department.

She allegedly heard reports of inappropriate touching between the two men at their mutual workplace, and also had viewed cell phone text messages that led her to believe they had a sexual relationship.

The mother informed authorities that her son was autistic, and functioned at the level of a 7-year-old.

During an interview, the son told an officer that on Oct. 14 he visited Tangerose at his apartment, which is located on the 200 block of Water Street in Baraboo.

The son said he told Tangerose that he did not want to have a sexual relationship, but that Tangerose nevertheless performed a sexual act on him inside the apartment. He told authorities “he did not enjoy this and he did not want to do this,” the complaint states.

In court Friday, Sauk County Assistant District Attorney Dennis Ryan asked a judge to set bond for Tangerose at $10,000 cash and impose a no contact restriction between the defendant and his alleged victim.

“The state believes there are no conditions that could either safeguard the community’s interest against any future actions, contemplative or carried out by this defendant,” Ryan said. “The state also believes that in the event of the hold being lifted, and Mr. Tangerose being returned to supervision, that the incentive for flight would be terrific.”

Tangerose has been a registered sex offender since 2006, when he was convicted of felony first-degree sexual assault of a child in Sauk County. At the age of 20, he was sentenced to 6 years in prison followed by 20 years of probation.

At that time, he was ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment and sex offender treatment, take any prescribed medication, provide a DNA sample, and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.

Tangerose appeared in court Friday by way of video conference from the Sauk County jail, where he is being held. Public defender Annie Getsinger requested a lower cash bond, noting that Tangerose anticipates losing his job.

She also said he has family in the area, has no criminal history other than the 2006 conviction, and does not have a history of missing court appearances.

Getsinger said Tangerose has been served papers by his probation agent indicating that he is to remain in custody, so he is not likely to be released any time soon.

Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Klicko said Tangerose’s criminal history is relevant to the newly alleged crime, and that a cash bond was necessary. She set bond at $5,000 cash and ordered that the defendant have no contact with his alleged victim.

The felony charge against Tangerose carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.