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Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teen in Park to Stand Trial

Waukesha man will proceed to trial after picking up 13-year-old Muskego boy and performing sexual acts with him in the park in a case that has caused a social networking website to partially suspend operations.

A Waukesha man accused of will proceed to trial.

Daniel R. Schmidt, 21, waived his preliminary hearing Friday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child.  

Schmidt, who is free on $5,000 bail, went past reporters before and after the hearing without answering questions, but his attorney, Jonathan LaVoy, said he hopes to work out a resolution with prosecutors as the case proceeds.

LaVoy said it has been a difficult time for Schmidt, but he has a very strong family to support him.

“He’s troubled,” LaVoy said. “He’s a young man with some issues.”

According to the criminal complaint, Schmidt met the victim on a website called skout.com, where he posed as a 16-year-old in order to gain access to the younger age group where he met the 13-year-old. The teen sent pictures of his naked genitals to Schmidt and the two eventually arranged to meet.

On Saturday, Schmidt picked the victim up in Muskego then drove to Hales Corners Park where they went to a secluded area and began to perform sexual acts. The two were spotted by a woman walking her dog, who then called police.

Police officers confronted the two about the incident as they were leaving the secluded area of the park.

The case has drawn national media attention and prompted Skout’s CEO to shut down a mobile app to the website and

Schmidt could face up to 40 years in prison if convicted. He will appear again in court June 27. 

Elizabeth Smith June 16, 2012 at 12:51 PM
WTH kind of business has an underage dating area on the same website as adult dating?!?! Just asking for this kind of trouble in my opinion. I wonder if the website is being held at all accountable.
Amy Gilgenbach June 16, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Elizabeth, Skout has since shut down the teen portion of the website. Here's a link to the Patch article. http://patch.com/A-vhbL I'm not sure what they were thinking either.
Denise Konkol June 16, 2012 at 01:45 PM
According to the owner, they offered the underage site to prevent underagers from entering their 18 and over site, which was apparently happening also. I just don't know how you prevent any of it from happening. People can easily lie about their age. Skout holds some responsibility, but my bigger question is what 13-year-old thinks it's a good idea to send pictures of yourself, especially of private parts, to strangers. Has this story been a conversation starter with anyone's kids?
Sean June 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM
So its the guys fault because the kid sent him pictures of himself and the kid wanted to do sexual things? Thats bullshit wheres the kids fault in this a slap on the wrist while this guy is possibly facing prison and his life forever ruined? the kid gets nothing his life will continue on.
L June 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
The kid is 13....and this 21 year old MAN has over 350 child porn pix on his computer....really???? If you had a son would you want this guy around him?

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