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Man accused again of stalking Fairest of the Fair

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Ted Sullivan
October 3, 2008
— A Whitewater man has been acquitted of stalking the former Walworth County Fairest of the Fair, but hes still accused of violating his bond by stalking the Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair.

Joseph G. Schraeder, 58, of 147 Hyer Lane, No. 4, was committed to the care of Department of Health and Family Services after a jury on Tuesday found him not guilty of felony stalking by reason of mental disease or defect. He also was found not guilty of two charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.


Schraeder was suspected of following former Walworth County Fairest of the Fair Sheri Nelson to public events in the summer of 2007, sending her mail and proposing marriage to her, according to the criminal complaint.


He also is accused of violating his bond conditions for stalking Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair Kassandra Kramer in July and sending her and her parents cards and photographs, according to the criminal complaint.


In the Walworth County case, Schraeder reportedly told Nelson at the Walworth County Dairy Breakfast in June 2007 that he was planning their wedding, according to a criminal complaint.


He later volunteered to be in the milk-chugging competition Nelson was coordinating at the breakfast, according to the criminal complaint.


The next day, Schraeder was suspected of following Nelson during a parade in Mukwonago and calling her name, according to a criminal complaint.


He was later accused of sending Nelson pictures, a card and a marriage proposal in the mail, according to a criminal complaint. He told police it was his First Amendment right to send fan mail.


Schraeder is charged with felony bail jumping stemming from his alleged stalking of the Jefferson County Fairest of the Fair.


He remains free on $3,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to be in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.



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