Hortonville man charged with sexual assault of a child

APPLETON – A farm manager has been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Outagamie County.

The 30-year-old suspect was in court Monday. Chance Ujazdowski  is charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child by a person who works or volunteers with children and two counts of child enticement.

Chance Ujazdowski  manages Wishing Wells Simmentals, a farm that raises Simmental cattle, in the Town of Hortonia.

“He runs a business, he has 60 cattle he takes care of,” explained his defense attorney James Long.

Ujazdowski is accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at the farm.

According to the criminal complaint, Ujazdowski had been mentoring the teen for two and a half years on raising and showing cattle.  The documents say the suspect kissed the teenager and touched her inappropriately on two separate occasions last December.

In the complaint the alleged victim says the incidents were consensual.

Ujazdowski is also quoted in the documents admitting to the sexual contact with the teen and knowing it was illegal.

“I only saw two incidents, from those two events there are two charges on each of them. So it’s not like this is an ongoing thing,” said Long during Ujazdowski’s court appearance Monday.

But prosecutor Peter Hahn said it might have been ongoing.

“There are incidents that are alleged to have occurred in another county dating as far back as February 2013,” said Hahn.

The complaint says Ujazdowski has also worked with the alleged victim as a judge and counselor for Calumet County 4-H.  The suspect also works for the American Simmental Association. The alleged victim is a member of the organization’s junior association.

“I believe a significant cash bail bond is warranted for public protection purposes. I’ll authorize a cash bail bond in the amount of $100,000,” said court commissioner Brian Figy during the court appearance Monday.

Ujazdowski faces more than 60 possible years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to return to court Feb. 20 for his preliminary hearing.

Dale Leidheiser, is the state program director for the state’s 4-H Youth Development Program.  He told us the program sent Ujazdowski a letter yesterday saying the suspect is no longer a 4-H volunteer.  Leidheiser says 4-H and the UW-Extension take allegations of child abuse very seriously and do whatever is necessary to prevent it.

The American Simmental Association did not respond to our requests for comment.

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