Teen Accused of Sexual Assault No Longer Attending Hamilton

17-year-old Daniel Koepke faces four felony charges in Washington County stemming from alleged incident this summer.

A teenager accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl this summer is no longer attending Hamilton High School, district officials said Thursday. 

Due to student confidentiality laws, district spokeswoman Denise Lindberg would not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding 17-year-old Daniel Koepke, who faces four felony charges in Washington County. 

"The high school worked out a cooperative arrangement with the individual, who will no longer be attending classes at Hamilton High School or any facility in the district," she said Thursday morning. 

Koepke was charged in Washington County Circuit Court in July with four felony charges including first degree sex assault of a child under 13 years old, exposing genitals to a child and causing a child under 13 years old to view or listen to a sexual activity. 

The school district learned of the allegations Monday.  

"We should have been informed of the situation. We were not," Lindberg said. "We started hearing from some parents within the last week about this." 

Lindberg said protocols are typically in place for school districts to be informed of these types of court proceedings involving a student.  

"We don't know why they didn't occur. It put us in a difficult situation," said Lindberg, adding that the case is somewhat unusual in that the alleged crime happened in a different jurisdiction.  

The police liaison officer with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department contacted the Washington County District Attorney's office after learning of the alleged incident and the charges, Lindberg said. 

Late Monday afternoon, the Washington County District Attorney provided the district with information about the bond release restriction. According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court System, Koepke is prohibited from having no unsupervised contact with any child under 16 years old.  

"At that point, the high school put into place some immediate measures related to the bond restriction," Lindberg said. 

"The bottom line in all of this … is that we want our community to be safe. We want our children to be safe."

Hamilton School District officials on Tuesday sent a letter to Woodside Elementary School parents informing them the teenager lives near their school.  

Woodside Principal James Edmond wrote that extra police patrols have been planned near the school.

"In addition, all district schools have monitored, secure entrances, and I have reinforced with our staff the need to be diligent in playground supervision," he wrote. 

"Now is a good time to remind everyone about the importance of close and careful supervision of children. Conversation with young children about stranger-danger also may be appropriate," Edmond added in the letter.

The district, according to parents, also made "robocalls" describing the situation and steps being taken by the district. 

"I know that parents are somewhat frustrated because some of the information has been vague, but we're just not able to provide that specific information," Lindberg said. "We want parents to be informed. The bottom line in all of this … is that we want our community to be safe. We want our children to be safe." 

s November 12, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Until someone is actually convicted and sentenced, not just charged, they will not show up on the Sex Offender registery or on Family Watch Dog. If the case is dismissed, or charges are reduced to an offense that does not require registration (for example 4th Degree Sexual Assult- it would be up to the judge - aka court ordered- to require registration for a specified amount of time if that was the case), it will not show up.
Brendan O'Brien November 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hi PatchUser, thanks for the comment. I'm not sure why Patch did not cover a similar crime in March. In terms of the incest charge, I have made every attempt to protect the identify of the victim and their family. Brendan O'Brien Editor
J November 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I live in Majestic Heights. And every day I hope that Daniel is not only removed from our neighborhood (and never to return) but I hope he is kept away from all children. Child sex predators are monsters. By the way - be sure to check out Brendan's other article, where Daniel plead "no contest" to two of the felony charges. And the court dismissed the other charges saything there was some disagreement over who moved the victim's clothes. This should invoke public OUTRAGE! Daniel needs to be sentenced for a long, long time. At least 20 years. (although I'd be content with the original 100).
Mary Anderegg January 17, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I live on S Ridgeview Circle and haven't heard of any sex offenders???? I have young kids, please tell me if there is someone living on my street!!!
J September 03, 2013 at 11:11 PM
You might be interested in viewing the latest charges against Koepke... he pled 'no contest' today and will be sentenced in October. check out Wisconsin Circuit Court Access: http://wcca.wicourts.gov then click on the 'court records' button at the top right to view the details. Hopefully this time, the judge gives a fair sentence.


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