A Walworth County judge ruled Wednesday that other allegations of inappropriate touching will be allowed in a child sexual assault case sparked by a thank-you letter at a school presentation, court records show.
Judge Kristine Drettwan ruled in favor of the prosecution’s motion to include other alleged acts as evidence in the case against Daryl J. Teska, 47, of West Bend.
The case was brought to light when a student, who is now an adult, wrote a thank-you letter to the person who did a presentation on safe dating and sexual assault in January 2016.
The “other acts” in question included Teska allegedly touching the girl’s private parts in the shower and grabbing her to cuddle up against him, according to court documents.
Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo argued in her motion that those alleged acts speak to Teska’s history of inappropriate behavior with the woman, including a forced sex act when she was young.
Teska’s lawyer, Donna Kuchler, argued in her Jan. 8 response that cuddling and ensuring proper cleaning in the shower were normal behaviors.
Teska is charged with first-degree sexual assault of a young child, child enticement, exposing genitals to a child and a related charge.
Sheriff’s deputies had to remove Teska from the courtroom Wednesday after Drettwan issued her ruling but before proceedings were over, according to online court records. Teska has been outspoken in previous court appearances. He is scheduled for a jury trial in late April and early May with a final pretrial at 10 a.m. April 27.