Facing additional counts against him, a Ripon man who allegedly sexually abused and provided marijuana to children over the period of several years pleaded not guilty.

   Terry Phelps, 57, 503 1/2 Hall St., appeared in custody in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court last week Thursday afternoon for his preliminary hearing. The defense waived the preliminary hearing and went forth with the arraignment, during which Phelps pleaded not guilty to all counts against him, including 12 new ones.

   According to the amended criminal complaint, Phelps is facing a total of 43 charges:

  • Five counts of repeated sexual assault of a child (class C felony)
  • Six counts of physical abuse of a child-repeated acts causing bodily harm (class E felony)
  • Nine counts of exposing intimate parts (class D felony)
  • Seven counts of child enticement (class D felony)
  • One count of causing a child younger than 13 to view/listen to sexual activity (class F felony)
  • One count of exposing genitals (class I felony)
  • Five counts of manufacture/ deliver marijuana (class I felony), with an enhancer for allegedly distributing it to a child at least three years younger than him
  • Five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child (misdemeanor)
  • One count of felony intimidation of a victim (class G felony)
  • Two counts of misdemeanor intimidation of a victim
  • One count of first-degree child sexual assault-sexual contact with a child under age 13 (class B felony)

   If convicted on all counts, the maximum sentence he could face is 599.75 years in prison and $1.65 million in fines — as well as a lengthy suspension of driving privileges ...

   The new charges stem from additional information provided from Victim D along with a new victim stepping forward as Victim F ... 

Read the full story in the May 9, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.