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Man Charged in Sexual Assault of 12-Year-Old Muskego Girl

Girl had met several times with 20-year-old man she friended on Facebook; police were contacted by her father after seeing her leave with the man in his vehicle.

A 20-year-old Mukwonago man has been charged with 2nd degree sexual Assault of a child after admitting to police he had inappropriate contact with a 12-year-old girl.

The girl's father reported seeing her leave with the man, Zachary Franck, in his vehicle in front of their Muskego home, and called police but it was evidence seen on the girl's Facebook page that led to his identity.

Franck faces a possible $10,000 fine, 15 years in prison or both if the maximum sentence is imposed.

According to the criminal complaint:

Muskego Police were sent to the girl's home on Sept. 17 on the report from her father that she was seen leaving without permission with a man not known to the family.

He attempted to wave the vehicle down as it left the scene, according to the report. The girl was eventually dropped off in the neighborhood again, but when police attempted to question her, she "was uncooperative and not forthcoming."

An investigation revealed the man's name and phone number on messages on the girl's Facebook page, which also indicated that the two had met previously.

Upon questioning, Franck first denied any sexual contact, but then told police that he had groped the girl's breasts and touched her inappropriately on the 17th as well as during previous meetings. Franck also told police that the girl told him she was 16 years old and a sophomore in high school.

He will make his initial court appearance on Jan. 21

Brandon Karpowitz January 09, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I'm hoping theres more to this story. I can't imagine that I would see my 12 year old daughter hop in the car of a strange man in front of my house, and the only thing I do is try to wave the car down. I'd be in my car, following that car while on the phone with the police. And then when the police got there they'd have to surgically remove my foot from this guys rearend.
jan January 09, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Totally agree with you Brandon.
Heather January 09, 2013 at 05:12 PM
First, there is a HUGE difference (physically, socially, verbally) of a 12 yr. to a 16 yr. old! Even IF she told him she was 16...he should have easily seen that was not the case! What the heck was he "groping" on a 12 yr. old little girl? Secondly, he is 20....she was (as far as he knew) 16....STILL A CRIME DUMB A**! Let's hope this girls parents push for the harshest punishment allowed by law and don't give in and allow this scumbag to get off on a plea bargain so he can hit the streets looking for his next victim!
Denise Konkol (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Chances are, by the time you ran back in the house, grabbed your keys, and jumped in your own car, the vehicle would have been long gone. I can't speak to what I'd do as it's never happened, and I think there's always a moment of dumbfoundedness (ok, that's not a word) that has you paralyzed. Reports did state this was not the first time they met up. Heather....my thoughts exactly - whether 16 or 12, it's still a crime.
Muskego Mike January 09, 2013 at 05:48 PM
I agree with this too. Seems like the AMBER Alert system would be activated too if the guy got away.
Mara Hanson January 09, 2013 at 11:21 PM
As a woman who grew up abadoned by my father at a very young age, and then having the same thing happen to my own kids, I can say with authoritey that girls that arent given love, protection and affirmation from their dads look for all of the above at a very early age and in the wrong places! 12 yr olds these days can be very well developed. The right make-up and clothes can make a 12 yr. old look 16 and older ,SO dont be so hard and judgemental on the young man! Why isnt her daddy paying more attention to his daughters internet use? By the way 16 yrs old is the age of sexual consent in Wisconsin----its on the books.
Mara Hanson January 09, 2013 at 11:39 PM
The 12 yr old needs help! 16 yrs old dating a 20 yr old is only a 4 yr differance .In reality if she were 16 this would not be a crime. This young Girl /child knows right from wrong .She is a knowing participent, lets not teach her to not taking responsibility for her own choices/behavior, she is most likely a hurting child so she and her family it would seem to me, need counsouling. LETS ALSO NOT FORGET THE SEX SATURATED SCOCIETY WE LIVE IN. 12 is not an unsual time for sexual feelings to start,if porno has been veiwed along with all the other sexual stimuli around us IE: fashion,music and media this is all a dangerous threat to innocence. This is why parental love and affirmation is SO IMPORTANT!
Mara Hanson January 10, 2013 at 12:04 AM
Heather your way off base !
Mara Hanson January 10, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Heather AND Denise I have seen many preteen girls that look ,act and dress very seductivly in the malls ect. . Where have you both been ? Neither one of these young people are total victims.The girl was looking for a young mans attention and she lied about her age.The guy should have insisted in meeting her parents,but of course he was looking for a no frills encounter. Not at all unusuall for men these days, even for those three times this 20 yr olds age
Brandon Karpowitz January 10, 2013 at 02:36 AM
I do have to agree that a girl can dress herself up to look much older then she is. Heck the police departments do this all the time to bust bars for serving underage people.
Denise Konkol (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Bottom line is that the maturity between a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old (socially, even what they sound like) are different. That's what we're saying. Yes, 12 year olds can dress up and cake on the makeup, but in my view, they still look like 12 year olds with inappropriate clothing and make up on. I have a daughter and I know none of her friends looked the same between those two ages. And again...16 is STILL illegal.
Heather January 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM
948.09 was not changed and criminalizes sexual intercourse with a "child". 948.01 defines child as a person under 18.

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