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Spring Valley man charged with incest

A Spring Valley man made a court appearance Monday on two counts of incest.

A cash bond was set at $25,000 for John A. Landgraf, 63, N6955 County Road BB. Landgraf's next court appearance is a preliminary hearing set for 8:45 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31.

The criminal complaint alleges Landgraf came to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department Thursday and revealed to investigators he had "improper relations" with a family member, now a teenager, for the last eight years. He said he decided to confess after family members confronted him with a recording made by the victim during one of their conversations.

Landgraf said there was no intercourse and she was the only victim. He said he has a drinking problem but didn't blame the incidents on alcohol use. He estimated there had been about a dozen incidents over the eight-year period.

Following the interview, Landgraf was arrested and booked into jail.

Investigators later interviewed the victim, who corroborated Landgraf's stories. She told others about the alleged assaults a year ago but they didn't believe her so she made the recording to provide evidence.

The criminal charges are the first against Landgraf. If convicted of the Class C felonies, he could face of 40 years prison and fines of up to $100,000.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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