Waukesha Man Charged With Sexual Assault of Boy He Met in Muskego

Suspect is caught with the boy by a woman walking her dog at Hales Corners Park according to a criminal complaint, and could spend 40 years in prison.

A 21-year-old Waukesha man is facing charges after he posed as a teenager on a social media website so he could meet up for a sexual rendezvous with a 13-year-old boy. He met the boy in Muskego and took him to Hales Corners park, according to a criminal complaint.

Daniel R. Schmidt was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

Schmidt met the victim on a website called skout.com, where he posed as a 16-year-old in order to gain access to the younger age group where he met the 13-year-old. The teen sent pictures of his naked genitals to Schmidt and the two eventually arranged to meet.

On Saturday, Schmidt picked the victim up in Muskego then drove to Hales Corners Park where they went to a secluded area and began to perform sexual acts. The two were spotted by a woman walking her dog, who then called police.

Police officers confronted the two about the incident as they were leaving the secluded area of the park.

Schmidt is currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail on $5,000 bond while awaiting trial.  

Sheepshead June 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hang him from the highest oak
J Oakley June 13, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Why? The boy sent him explicit pictures and engaged in sex with him voluntarily. It's obviously a consensual act. There's no harm here, and Schmidt's life shouldn't be ruined as a result.
dave June 14, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I live by that park and if I was walking by and saw that I would beak that kids neck.
swtlbrunette June 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Ummmmmmm. J Oakley...The boy was 13 years old. I dont care if they "want" to have sex. A 13 year old can not make a consentual decision. If you think that. There is a reason why there are laws for sexual assult AND sexual assult of a child. I was actually good friends with Daniel but now I hope he gets the full 40 years.
Keith Brady June 17, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Couldn't agree more. Of course what he did was illegal, and given the weight of the evidence it seems likely he'll be convicted. But 40 years in prison?!? For something totally non-violent? That's grotesque.
John Smith July 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Castrate the bastard and end his homosexual urges!
Keith Brady July 14, 2012 at 04:01 PM
@John Smith, you believe we should castrate him to "end his homosexual urges"? What is this, the 14th century? It's one thing to rail against his deceiving the victim, which was contemptible, but his "homosexual urges" had nothing to do with his crime.
susanne elizabeth August 16, 2012 at 02:08 PM
John Thomas Harper Jr. August 21, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The sex was consensual, but the adult lied about his age, misrepresenting himself as close to the child's age. The adult should be held accountable for this. But let's be rational, terms like "castration" and "death" are the words of crazy people with too much time. My biggest hatred of the legal system is their inability to have punishments fit crimes. I believe the adult should be sentenced to 2 years of intense counseling and therapy. Maybe in 100 years we will understand these people need help, not life-altering punishment.
L January 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Child predators cannot be rehabilitated. This man also had 350 images of child porn on his computer, including toddlers. He received 4 years for only 13 of these charges,(he was up for 400!) . Adults target these children. As a society we need to make sure that they cannot hurt any other children.


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