Former ski patrol worker awaits sentencing
By LISA M. REED
STURGEON BAY, Wis. – A man who once worked on a ski hill patrol in Dickinson County has entered no contest pleas to three counts of fourth degree sexual assault.
Russell B. Reynolds, 56, of Green Bay, Wis. entered the pleas in Door County Court.
Two other felony counts of child enticement-exposing a sex organ will be included in a separate deferred-prosecution agreement at sentencing.
Reynolds was originally charged with three counts of child enticement – expose sex organ and first degree child sex assault – sexual contact with person under age of 13, both felonies. Misdemeanor charges included three counts of fourth degree sexual assault.
Charges against Reynolds were filed on Sept. 24, 2012.
A trial was to be held, but instead Reynold’s attorney Brian Maloney of Green Bay, Wis. and Door County District Attorney Ray Pelrine came to an agreement.
Reynolds changed his plea from not guilty to an Alford plea (no contest) on three of the felonies, which were reduced to misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault.
The Alford plea does not admit innocence or guilt but admits the allegations have a factual basis.
The three convictions are from May 31, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2012.
Under the deferred prosecution agreement, the remaining felonies will be dismissed after a certain period of time if Reynolds meets the conditions of the agreement; if he fails, he will be convicted and sentenced. The agreement dismisses two other felony counts of child enticement and first-degree child sexual assault with a person under the age of 13.
According to the criminal complaint, on separate occasions in May and July in 2008, Reynolds reached under the swimsuits of two preteen girls and touched them inappropriately while jet-skiing.
The teenagers were members of a family staying at a cabin in the town of Sturgeon Bay, where Reynolds also has a cottage.
Then last August, Reynolds was accused in another incident with a younger girl in which he made suggestive comments and grabbed her breasts over her clothing.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 9 at 10 a.m.
Officials at Pine Mountain Resort confirmed that Reynolds was once employed as a ski patrol employee for the ski hill, but he was not allowed back after sexual assault charges were filed against him.
Reynolds remains free on a $10,000 cash bond with conditions including no unsupervised contact with anyone under the age of 18.
Lisa M. Reed’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.