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Plea deal: Michael Raspberry pleads guilty to charges in 4 sexual assaults on Milwaukee’s lakefront

MILWAUKEE — A man accused in connection with four sexual assaults in one night along Milwaukee’s lakefront has reached a plea deal.

Michael Raspberry

The criminal complaint in this case says Michael Raspberry had “fully confessed” to the assaults on Nov. 20, 2017. But in December, he pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Those pleas changed on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Raspberry pleaded guilty to one charge of second degree sexual assault and three more counts of fourth degree sexual assault. A charge of substantial battery in this case was dismissed and read into the court record. The state also dismissed the “habitual criminality repeater” on all counts.

The assaults associated with this case all happened within a few blocks of each other on Nov. 20. In the first three incidents, a man on a bike rode up to the victims and either slapped or grabbed their behinds. He began by asking one of the victims where he could catch a bus. After each of the first three incidents, the suspect rode off.

MPD sexual assault suspect

The fourth time however, the suspect approached the victim, asked about the bus, and grabbed her behind twice. He did not stop there. According to the criminal complaint, Raspberry followed her then tackled her near the pumping station off Lincoln Memorial Dr. He pulled down her pants and touched her private parts. The victim told police Raspberry was reaching for his own pants when a car pulled into the treatment facility and scared the suspect off.

Raspberry will be back in court on April 19 for sentencing.