New York Lawyer - February 22, 2008
MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- A former municipal judge has been found guilty of sexually assaulting an autistic man. According to a criminal complaint, Eugene E. Dunagan fondled the man and performed a sex act at his home in 2005. Dunagan, 71, who denied the charge, was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a mentally deficient person. Circuit Judge Bill Stewart passed judgment Thursday after a one-and-a-half-day bench trial. He ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing was scheduled April 22.
After the verdict, Dunagan's bond was revoked and he was taken into custody. "I think justice was done," said Andrew Maki, assistant district attorney. Defense lawyer Phil Steans of Menomonie said he hadn't spoken with Dunagan about an appeal.
"Any time allegations such as these are made, it's a very difficult thing for a defendant just because of the nature of the allegations," Steans said. The victim was a now 24-year-old Colfax man who has high-functioning autism. Dunagan was elected Colfax municipal judge in 1984 and served for about 20 years. He also is a former Colfax teacher.