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Second boy claims sex assault

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staff, Gazette
July 12, 2012

— A second boy is accusing a former Big Brother Big Sister volunteer of repeated sexual assault, according to an amended criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Rodney J. Meiller, 51, town of Lafayette, was charged Wednesday in Walworth County Court with a third count of repeated sexual assault of a child based on allegations of a 14-year-old boy.

The allegations follow Meiller being charged June 29 with two counts of repeated sexual assault of an 11-year-old boy.

Meiller appeared in court by video Wednesday from the Walworth County Jail, where he is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

The 14-year-old met Meiller in 2004 or 2005, according to the amended criminal complaint. The boy told a Walworth County sheriff's detective he was at Meiller's former home, a duplex on Potter Road, when he was first sexually assaulted in two incidents, according to the complaint.

After the defendant moved into a second duplex in the town of Lafayette, the 14-year-old saw Meiller regularly, staying overnight at the residence almost every Friday night 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. The complaint does not indicate how the 14-year-old met Meiller.

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 is accused of molesting the 11-year-old boy in his home and in a shower stall of the Lake Geneva YMCA.

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

YMCA officials have said Meiller was not a member of the organization and he visited using a day pass.

Meiller's bond was increased June 29 from $5,000 to $10,000. On Wednesday, Judge John Race said the bond remained. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 26.



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