Disturbing new allegations: Registered sex offender, father of four, arrested again

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PEWAUKEE — There are disturbing new allegations against a Waukesha County father, who is a registered sex offender. Years after charges were dismissed against him in one case, the 44-year-old man was arrested again. This time, police say he took advantage of two teenage girls, and police say it’s possible there are more victims in this case.

John Berard

John Berard

Most of the allegations against John Berard allegedly took place in or near his Pewaukee home — where he lives with his wife and four children.

“This is a very unfortunate situation,” Sgt. Matthew Carney with the Village of Pewaukee Police Department said.

Police say Berard sexually assaulted two girls — one age 16, and the other age 15. Investigators say the incidents occurred multiple times between November 2015 and March 2016.

“There was a lot of evidence that was collected,” Sgt. Carney said.

The evidence includes 55 pages worth of text messages allegedly exchanged between one of the girls and Berard between November 2015 and January 2016.

Berard is facing 13 felony charges:

  • Sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age (three counts)
  • Sexual intercourse with a child (five counts)
  • Exposing genitals (five counts)

According to the criminal complaint, Berard sent naked photos of himself to one victim. He also allegedly bragged about his sexual relationship with another girl, and told the girl explicit accounts of his sexual activity with his wife. Berard is accused of having sexual intercourse with this girl multiple times.

The other victim told police Berard made her watch porn with him, and he was also accused of having sexual intercourse with this girl multiple times.

FOX6 News has learned Berard became a registered sex offender long before these new allegations came to light.

In 2005, court records show Berard was charged with sexual assault of a child.

Years later, charges of first degree sexual assault of a child, selling harmful material to a child, and possession of child pornography were dismissed — and Berard was found guilty of two counts of selling, printing, importing obscene material via an Alford plea (when a defendant enters a plea of guilty without making an admission of guilt.)

“For anyone out there, make sure you have involvement in your teenagers’ lives to try to limit stuff like this from happening,” Sgt. Carney said.

John Berard

John Berard

Police believe there could be more victims because of the nature of the crimes for which Berard is now charged.

If you have any information that could help police in this case, you’re asked to give them a call.

Berard made his initial appearance in court in this latest case against him on Wednesday, March 9th. Cash bond was set at $50,000. He was ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case, and no contact with anyone under the age of 18, except for his own children.

He will next be in court on March 15th.

11 comments

  • Frank B

    Well thank god he is a lifetime register on the sex offender list. From all of the similar articles recently, that seems to really work! Bury him so he can’t harm anybody else. We keep letting these low life losers victimize more people who in turn will be dealing with the psychological effects for the rest of their lives. Why? We need to support Darwinism. Survival of the fittest. These sick freaks should be removed from society permanently. Instead we waste millions of dollars on housing them, monitoring them, feeding them, giving them medical care, etc. what a waste of taxpayer money! Is there a politician out there that has the courage to take on these societal issues? If not, then American society is doomed

  • Really?

    Wow, let’s just continue the racism. Let’s not forget that all races commit these disgusting acts. I think the real problem is letting registered sex offenders out into society to harm again.

  • dylan

    he shouldn’t be allowed to even see his own kids and shame on his wife those poor kids maybe the kids should be placed elsewhere since the mom can’t even make good choices isn’t she quilty be association?!!

  • Minerva

    The guy is a life-long sex offender registrar and is allowed contact with children? Why was he allowed contact with these girls in the first place, and why didn’t their parents know they were in his company? Isnt there a counselor or parole-type officer he has to report to? Someone checks. Too many whys in this case as the damage has been allowed to happen again.

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