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Homeowner cited in incident

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Gazette staff
November 14, 2009

The owner of the home in which an alleged sexual assault took place in Milton has been cited for allowing underage drinking in her home, according to the Milton Police Department.


Karen Ryan, 518 College St., Milton, was cited for allowing and failing to prevent the consumption of alcohol by underage persons, Lt. Brad Smith said.


“Karen accepted full responsibility, as the property owner and host of the Halloween party, for the underage consumption that took place on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1,” Smith wrote in an e-mail to the Gazette.


An 18-year-old woman accused Rock County sheriff’s deputy Steven L. Stenulson of assaulting her at a party at Ryan’s home early Nov. 1. She said she was sleeping in a bedroom after becoming intoxicated when she awoke to find Stenulson touching her inappropriately.


The 18-year-old woman and another underage person, a potential witness in the sexual assault case, tested positive for alcohol when police arrived, Smith said. They were warned but not cited “because of the seriousness and sensitive nature of the investigation,” Smith wrote.


A third underage person was at the party but tested negative for alcohol and had a parent present, he said. All three people were between the ages of 18 and 20.



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