Sheriff: Babysitting ad leads to sexual assault

BROWN COUNTY – An example of the potential risk of answering online ads: Court documents filed Friday reveal that when a 20-year-old Green Bay woman arrived to interview for a babysitting job Thursday night, she claims she was sexually assaulted.

Tyler Olson, 24, of Howard, was charged in the case.

Quick thinking by the victim and an unexpected offer helped end the situation.

The situation that began at an apartment on Memorial Drive in Howard ended on the other side of town near Interstate 43.

According to the criminal complaint, prosecutors say Olson posed as a woman on Craigslist, looking for a sitter for twin daughters. The ad allegedly lured a 20-year-old woman to Olson’s apartment.

Once inside the apartment, Olson is said to have grabbed the woman’s shoulder, warning that ‘you’d better listen to me or I will kill you.’

The alleged victim told police she felt the blade of a knife on the side of her face.

The complaint goes on to say that Olson then forced her to perform sex acts at knifepoint.

The victim says after Olson finished assaulting her, he forced her to go out to her car with him, and then he forced her to drive him anywhere he wanted to go – that’s what prosecutors are claiming in the criminal complaint. But the victim’s car was nearly out of gas.

So, she claims “they went to approximately ten gas stations where each time she intentionally entered a wrong PIN so they could not get gas. Eventually, they ran out of gas on I-43 near East Mason Street.

While they were walking along the off-ramp, officers saw them and offered them a ride to a nearby motel to call a cab.

At the motel, the woman said she needed help and Olson tried to run, but couldn’t get away from officers.

The complaint says Olson told officers he takes medication and is seeing a psychiatrist for mental health issues and that he was just looking for somebody else to have sex with, a fantasy, maybe pull a knife on somebody.

Olson is in the Brown County Jail facing sexual assault and false imprisonment charges. He could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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