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Former Big Brother pleads not guilty to sex assault

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staff, Gazette
August 31, 2012

— A former Big Brother charged with repeated sexual assault of two boys has asked for a hearing to decide if he must submit to an HIV test requested by the district attorney's office.

In court Wednesday morning, Rodney J. Meiller, 51, the former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock Walworth and Jefferson Counties, entered a not guilty plea to each of three counts of repeated sexual assault of a child.

Meiller is charged with two counts of repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy and one count of repeated sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy.

At the request of one of the boys' parents, Walworth County Deputy District Attorney Josh Grube submitted a motion Aug. 2 asking that the court compel Meiller to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Grube's motion doesn't indicate which parent made the request, but it notes there is probable cause to believe the defendant had "significantly exposed the victim."

At the arraignment, Meiller's attorney, Jenelle Glasbrenner, filed a motion before Judge James Carlson for a hearing on the testing.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The 14-year-old met Meiller in 2004 or 2005, according to the criminal complaint.

The boy saw Meiller regularly, staying overnight at Meiller's residence until the summer of 2010, according to the complaint.

The boy said he was sexually assaulted almost every time the two were together, according to the complaint.

Meiller was a big brother to the 11-year-old boy, but it is not known if that relationship existed at the time of the incidents reported by 11-year-old.

According to the complaint, the sexual contact with the 11-year-old occurred between July 1, 2011, and June 7, 2012.

Meiller was terminated from Big Brother Big Sister after the organization learned of the allegations.

Meiller is free on a $5,000 cash bond.



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