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Reception actions bring jail

Man who was at wedding dance with co-worker accused of touching girls inappropriately before bride hit him

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A Kansas man will spend 10 days in jail for crashing a wedding reception in Eau Claire and inappropriately touching two girls.

The man was also punched in the face by the bride, police say. 

William A. Dickinson, 25, of Burlington pleaded no contest this week in Eau Claire County Court to two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

A felony count of physical abuse of a child was dismissed but considered at sentencing.

Judge Jon Theisen placed Dickinson on two years of probation and fined him $1,329.

As conditions of probation, Dickinson cannot have contact with children, drink alcohol or enter taverns.

According to the criminal complaint: 

Dickinson and a co-worker were drinking at the bar of the Best Western Hotel, 3340 Mondovi Road, on Jan. 19 when they befriended a guest from a wedding reception being held at the hotel.

The co-worker told police he and Dickinson then went to the dance in hopes of meeting women.

Dickinson tried dancing with an 18-year-old woman and a 17-year-old girl and touched them in an inappropriate manner.

A 14-year-old girl saw the touching and confronted Dickinson. He pulled the girl’s hairhard enough to cause the girl pain.

Dickinson told police he knew he was crashing someone’s wedding.

He said a lot of people were coming up to him angry and he did not understand why.

Dickinson said as he was walking away, he was pushed from behind. He turned around and punched the first person he saw.

Dickinson said the bride eventually came over and he apologized to her, saying he hoped he didn’t ruin her party.

Dickinson said the bride then punched him in the face. He said he probably deserved it.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com


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