No contest plea in criminal case, but civil suit in Homestead sex assault case

Melissa McCrady

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No contest plea in criminal case, but civil suit in Homestead sex assault case

CREATED Sep. 20, 2012

PORT WASHINGOTN - Reduced charges have come for two Mequon Homestead students accused of having sex with a 14-year-old at the school.  They pleaded no contest.

However, those students now face a civil suit filed by the alleged victim.  The suit also has been filed against the Mequon-Thiensville School District and the Homestead principal.

Brent Anderson and DeAngelo Dantzler returned to a courtroom Wednesday, pleading no contest to reduced charged of child abuse.

The charges stemmed form an incident last November inside Homestead.

The students face accusations of performing sex acts with a 14-year-old freshman girl in an unlocked storage room.

At the time, TODAY'S TMJ4 talked exclusively to the girl's father.

"My daughter was  victim, and she was raped and wasn't a willing participant," said the father.

But Anderson and Dantzler pleaded no contest with a recommendation for probation, a big drop from the 40 years in prison they faced if convicted on the original charges of second degree sexual assault.

"The law is very harsh on that when you're dealing with someone who's under 18," said Anderson's attorney, Ray Dall'Osto.

While the criminal cast is expected to wrap up this year, the legal fight is far from over.

Lawyers for the individual and her family filed a lawsuit against the teenagers, the school district and the principal.

The attorney for the district said a statement that says, in part:

"The school district determined that the allegations against the district were completely unfounded...while we have no further public comment on the lawsuit, we look forward to presenting our defense to the court."

With the no contest plea, both Dantzler and Anderson will have felonies listed on their court record.

They face sentencing in November.

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