Elkhorn teen pleads guilty to sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl

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Andrea Anderson
Monday, December 8, 2014

ELKHORN--A second of three Elkhorn men accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in a basement last December pleaded guilty Monday in Walworth County Court.

Gage A. Timmer, 19, of 433 W. Court St. pleaded guilty Monday to sexual assault of a child younger than 16.

Braden D. Mann, 19, of W5244 County ES and Nicholas T. Cook, 19, of 408 W. Centralia St. face similar charges.

The girl was given alcohol before she was sexually assaulted by each of them, according to court documents.

The girl told Thomas Bushey, Elkhorn police detective, the men sexually assaulted her Dec. 21 in Cook's basement, according to a criminal complaint and other court documents.

The girl had sent a message to Mann via Facebook asking if he would go out with her. Mann responded that if he picked her up, she would have to have sex with all three of them, according to court documents.

She agreed. When Mann picked her up, she was given alcohol to drink, according to court documents.

Once in the basement, Mann, Timmer and Cook had sex with the girl individually, according to court documents.

All three later admitted to Bushey that they had sexual contact with the girl in the basement that day, according to court documents.

The girl later tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection, according to court documents.

Using the girl's Facebook account, Bushey contacted Cook and Mann about the incident.

Cook said it could be any of the three who gave the girl the sexually transmitted infection and asked, “how r u assuming it's me?” according to court documents.

Mann asked if the girl was going to tell the authorities.

“We could get in trouble and I don't want that and I'm sure you don't either,” Mann wrote, according to court documents. “That's why I didn't wanna do stuff. I'm really sorry about all of this.”

Cook pleaded guilty Nov. 4 to a charge of sexual assault of a child younger than 16. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12.

Mann has pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual assault of a child younger than 16. A four-day trial is set to start at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Since charges were filed in February, four judges have been substituted at the request of the defense or have recused themselves because of personal relationships with the defendants or the defendants' families, according to court records.

Judge James Carlson presides over Cook and Mann's cases. Racine County Judge Allan Torhorst presides over Timmer's case.

Timmer will appear in court next at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at the Walworth County Judicial Center.

All three are free on signature bonds.

Last updated: 11:23 am Monday, December 8, 2014

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