Man charged with sexual assault of mentally disabled teen


BY JANINE ANDERSON
janderson@kenoshanews.com

A Michigan man came here to meet a teenage girl with a mental disability that he met online, deputies say.

Jerry W. Greene, 54, of Kentwood, Mich., is charged with second-degree sexual assault and child enticement. If convicted, he could spend up to 40 years in prison.

According to court records, the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department was called Friday when a couple reported their 17-year-old granddaughter was missing. They said the girl functions with the mental capacity of a 9-year-old child.

They were concerned because she has been chatting online in forums directed at people with disorders like hers, the criminal complaint states. While deputies were at the home, the girl came home. She admitted she met a man named Jerry, and said they had chatted online for hours every day.

That day, she said, he came to pick her up, and that he touched her, according to court records, and asked her to touch him. The girl said he took her to a hotel, and that they checked into a room and began to engage in sexual activity.

After a while, he said they should get her home, so they got dressed and left. When they saw the squad cars, the complaint states, he dropped her off away from her home.

Detectives found Greene at the hotel, and after initially denying anything sexual occurred, he admitted he had “made a big mistake,” according to the criminal complaint, and confirmed the girl’s story. Greene denied knowing the girl’s age and that she had a mental deficiency.

Greene is being held in Kenosha County on a $50,000 cash bond.


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