Cole McCormick

A Poynette man could spend 40 years in jail following a child sexual assault charge.

Cole McCormick, 23, Poynette, is being held on a $5,000 cash bond after an Aug. 21 initial appearance in Columbia County Circuit Court. McCormick is charged with felony second degree sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. McCormick faces up to 40 years in jail and $100,000 in fines for the charge.

According to the criminal complaint, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office began investigating allegations of possible sexual contact at a town of Dekorra business.

McCormick told investigators that on July 19, he and the 15-year-old female victim kissed and that there was “touching and groping going on.” McCormick admitted to investigators that he thought the victim was underage, maybe 16 or 17, and that he knew it was a “dumb move.”

Investigators spoke with the victim on Aug. 19. According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office press release, McCormick had the victim “perform sex acts on him and then he had sex with her.” According to the criminal complaint, the victim told investigators that she performed oral sex on McCormick and that she and McCormick “tried to have sex” but stopped.

According to the complaint, the victim told investigators that McCormick was “freaking out” and told her “you are under age, I am going to go to jail.”

Both the victim and McCormick were employed at the business, according to the complaint.

McCormick was arrested on Wednesday, Aug. 19 for second-degree sexual assault of a child.

After an initial appearance last week, McCormick remains in Columbia County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond. If bond is met, McCormick’s bond conditions will include no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with any minor females.

McCormick is scheduled for a pretrial conference on Sept. 14.

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