Friday, September 21, 2018

Eau Claire man receives probation in groping case

Sex assault charges dismissed but considered in sentencing

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An Eau Claire man accused of groping two women at two separate retail stores on the same day will have the opportunity to get his criminal record expunged.

Andrew E. Laskoski, 18, 3341 Blakeley Ave., pleaded no contest this week in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of bail jumping.

Two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault were dismissed but considered by Judge John Manydeeds in his sentencing.

Laskoski was placed on three years of probation and fined $518. He must also pay restitution, the amount of which has not been determined.

As conditions of probation, Laskoski cannot drink alcohol, enter taverns or have contact with the women.

Laskoski’s record will be expunged if he successfully completes his probation.

The two women are friends and contacted police after they shared what happened with each other, authorities said.

According to the criminal complaint:

Eau Claire police spoke to two women who said they were sexually assaulted on March 24.

The first woman said she was shopping at Big Lots, 3004 E. Hamilton Ave., at about 6 p.m. when she thought she was being followed by an unknown man.

At one point, the man got close to her and grabbed her buttocks. He said it was an accident and that he was sorry.

The woman, who reported the incident to a store employee, was upset about what happened.

The woman said a similar incident happened the same day to a friend of hers at a different store and believed the incidents to be related.

Police talked to the woman’s friend, who said she was shopping at Target, 3649 S. Hastings Way, at 5:40 p.m. when a man walked toward her and grabbed her buttocks.

The woman said she became upset and felt violated. She followed him and yelled at him.

The man left the store in an unknown direction.

The woman informed Target management of the situation.

Surveillance video led to Laskoski being identified as the suspect.

An officer spoke to Laskoski, who admitted to grabbing a woman’s buttocks at Target because she was good-looking. He then admitted to the second groping incident at Big Lots.

Laskoski said he grabbed the two women because he was “trying to pick them up.”

Laskoski admitted to knowing what he did was wrong.

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


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