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Sexual assault case ends in battery charge

Shannon L. Mull, 31, Somerset, was originally charged with third-degree sexual assault last March after an incident in the city of River Falls. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in Pierce County Circuit Court Jan. 28.

Terms of the probation include undergoing counseling and paying court costs.

According to the criminal complaint: The victim told River Falls police she and a couple friends went to Somerset to pick up a friend, later identified as Mull, a person whom she never met. Mull convinced the group to go to River Falls so he could meet up with an acquaintance at her house.

Once they arrived in River Falls, the victim said Mull became more flirtatious with her, including touching her at least 10-15 times, with the victim pushing him away each time. When asked about his intoxication on a level of 1-10, the victim characterized Mull as a 9 or 10.

It was around 1 a.m. when the victim, still at the acquaintance's house, decided to go to sleep. She woke shortly afterward and found Mull trying to kiss her. He then lay next to the victim, without her permission, and started attempting to have sex with the victim. She kept saying "no" but says he persisted until intercourse happened.

She said out of fear of embarrassment and what might Mull do to her, she didn't scream for help.

When interviewed by law enforcement, Mull admitted to having intercourse with the victim, but said at no time did the victim push him away or say "stop" or "no."

Pierce County Assistant District Attorney Bill Thorie said the amended agreement was reached due to the difficulty in prosecuting the case and, therefore, no jail time was recommended.

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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