Matthew Botcher pleads not guilty to charges of child enticement, sexual assault
MILWAUKEE COUNTY — A St. Francis man pleaded not guilty on Monday, January 9th to child enticement and sexual assault charges. The alleged sexual assault victims came forward after he was accused of trying to lure a child in Cudahy.
33-year-old Matthew Botcher of St. Francis was in court for a preliminary hearing on the sexual assault charges. He waived his right to that hearing — and the court found probable cause to bind Botcher over for trial.
The initial charges filed against Botcher in connection with the Cudahy child enticement incident were filed on December 13th.
After those charges were broadcast on the news, the NEW criminal complaint indicates “several victims” came forward to report incidents where Botcher allegedly touched them inappropriately at his houses in St. Francis.
The new criminal complaint lists four victims — all who were 13 or under when these alleged incidents happened.
The charge of second degree sexual assault of a child (under the age of 16) is related to alleged inappropriate activity involving a girl who was 11 years old at the time. It allegedly happened from 2004-2007.
The charge of sexual assault of a child under 13 years of age relates to alleged inappropriate activity involving a girl who was eight years old at the time. It allegedly happened in 2003 — between May and October.
The charge of first degree child sexual assault — contact with a child under the age of 13 relates to alleged inappropriate activity involving a girl who was nine years old at the time. It happened from 2004-2007.
The charge of attempted second degree sexual assault of a child (under the age of 16) relates to a girl who was 13 years old at the time. It allegedly happened in 2007 — between May and October.
He was in court on December 20th for his preliminary hearing in connection with the initial child enticement case.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to the neighborhood near Edgerton and Swift in Cudahy on Tuesday, December 6th for a possible sex offense complaint. A 13-year-old girl told police as she walked near Cudahy High School, she “observed a car with a male driver drive past her and look at her.” A few moments later, the car drove by again. The complaint indicates “the vehicle stopped in the roadway and the male driver said to her, ‘hey sexy.’” The girl told police “she had never been talked to like that before and it made her feel uncomfortable so she continued to walk.”
The complaint indicates a short time later, the same car pulled up along side the girl once more “and the male driver asked her if she wanted to have sex.” When the girl stated she was 13, “the driver responded, ‘so?’”
A release was sent out to the Wisconsin Crime Alert System based on the girl’s story. The complaint says “several leads were generated including a tip that the person could be Matthew Botcher.”
On December 8th, the complaint indicates police spoke with Botcher about the incident involving the 13-year-old girl. He “initially denied that he had any involvement.” During an interview at the police station, Botcher “denied speaking to anyone, but he did say, ‘hey baby’ to a female who was walking and then he drove off.” Botcher told police he “drove by the female two times before he said this. He did not remember saying anything about having sex.” At that point, Botcher requested to leave the police station and he was allowed to leave.
Later on December 8th, police went to Botcher’s residence to arrest him. He was told he was being arrested for child enticement.
The complaint indicates Botcher was “accused of making inappropriate comments to a 13-year-old girl” back in 2005. Police had also “received a 2007 complaint involving a different 13-year-old girl who received a sexual text message from Botcher.”
Botcher will next be in court on January 23rd.