Sterling Rachwal charged in Manitowoc Co. for horse assault

Sterling Rachwal (Brown Co. Jail)

MANITOWOC (WLUK) –- Sterling Rachwal has been charged with two misdemeanor counts for an incident with a horse.

An initial appearance is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

The two counts are intentionally mistreating animals and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police obtained a warrant to track Rachwal’s vehicle with a GPS device. After tracking him to an area near the Brown/Manitowoc county line, a trail camera was set up in a Manitowoc County barn. That camera captured an image of who authorities allege is Rachwal assaulting a horse with his hand.

Rachwal denied the allegations, but admits the image looks like him - telling investigators "“You do realize if I go away I’m going away for life," the complaint states.

This case is in addition to a recent Brown County case, for a separate incident in February. He returns to court May 23 on that case.

He is also a suspect in a 2015 case in Waupaca County, but no charges have been filed in that case.

FOX 11 Investigates examined the history of legal action against Rachwal. To see that story, click here.

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