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Next hearing set for alleged horse abuser

Sterling Rachwal (Brown Co. Jail)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – Another balance of initial appearance will be held Friday for Sterling Rachwal in a horse-abuse case.

Rachwal appeared in court from jail via video monitor Tuesday, but a preliminary hearing was not scheduled.

Rachwal is charged with three misdemeanor counts: intentionally mistreating animals, disorderly conduct, and obstructing an officer related to a Feb. 17 incident at a town of Eaton farm.

Police questioned Rachwal while investigating an injured horse. The barn’s owner saw someone leaving the barn, but Rachwal denies it was him. A boot print found at the scene appears to match boots found in his Green Bay apartment, according to the complaint.

Police also questioned Rachwal about an April 29 incident in Manitowoc County, where investigators say a trail camera shows a horse being assaulted by someone which appears to be Rachwal. Manitowoc County has not filed any charges, however.

The Brown County criminal complaint also refers to the Waupaca County investigation of a November 2015 incident in the town of Lebanon, where a pregnant horse was assaulted and later died. hat case remains under investigation and no arrests have been made but Rachwal is a person of interest, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. John Mocadlo.

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