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Milton parents might have made daughter watch sex acts

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Stacy Vogel
December 20, 2007
— Two Milton parents arrested Wednesday are accused of exposing their 8-year-old daughter to pornographic materials and might have made her watch sex acts and drug use in their home, a Milton Police officer said this morning.

Jeffrey A. Wickline, 48, and Lisa M. Wickline, 46, were arrested at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in their home at 1006 W. Madison Ave., Milton, according to a news release from the police department.


They were arrested on charges of causing mental harm to a child, exposing a child to harmful material and causing a child to view or listen to sexual activity. They likely will face charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, the release said.


The arrests, made with the help of the Rock County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, were the result of more than a week of investigation, said Sgt. John Conger with the Milton Police Department. He declined to say how the department found out about the couple’s activities.


The Wicklines’ home is kitty-corner to Milton West Elementary School and can be seen from some of the school’s windows, Conger said.


Police notified the school around 11:45 a.m. of the impending arrest, and the school was put on lockdown, Principal Carol Meland said. The front door was locked, and students weren’t allowed outside for afternoon recess, she said.


The SWAT team secured the home before the end of the school day, so children were sent home at the usual time, Meland said. They took notes home to parents informing them of the situation.


“We communicated throughout the afternoon to make sure we knew that the police action had already taken place successfully and it would be alright to have the children outside at the very end of the day,” she said.


Milton police still were combing through pornographic material recovered from the home this morning, Conger said.


Police believe the Wicklines might have had their daughter watch sexual acts between adults in the house, Conger said.


No other children lived in the house, but police had information that another adult woman lived there, Conger said. The woman, who is not a relative, was not there when police arrived Wednesday, and they’re not sure if she still lived there when the arrests were made, he said.


The couple might have brought in other adults for their activities as well, Conger said.



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