Mistrial declared in case of Ashland man accused of sexual assault

Mistrial declared in case of Ashland man accused of sexual assault

Updated: April 17, 2021 04:43 PM
Created: April 17, 2021 04:17 PM

A judge has reportedly declared a mistrial in the case of an Ashland man accused of repeated sexual assault of a child.

The Ashland Daily Press reports Washburn County Circuit Court Judge Angelline Winton declared the mistrial Friday against Tony Lashbrook.

The Daily Press reports Winton agreed with Lashbrook’s defense attorney, Joseph Rafferty, who said prosecutors had not provided him with written material that passed between Assistant District Attorney Ruth Kressel and Rhonda Bryhn, a child sexual abuse therapist with Gunderson Health Systems of La Crosse, as required by law.

In January of 2019, Lashbrook, 54, was charged with one count of repeated sexual assault of a child, and two counts of child enticement.

A criminal complaint says Lashbrook exposed himself to the alleged victim, and forced her to commit sex acts starting in 2009, and lasting about a year.

The complaint says the girl objected, and tried to refuse, but that Lashbrook threatened her and told her everyone would get in trouble if she told anyone.

The Daily Press reports Winton did not immediately determine if the state will be allowed to retry the case.

She released Lashbrook, who was free on bond, from all conditions of his bond including that he have no contact with children.

Lashbrook is next due back in court for an injunction hearing on April 28.

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