Man was twice deported to Mexico, complaint says


A 26-year-old Milwaukee man stands accused of groping and rubbing his crotch on a 15-year-old girl after refereeing a soccer match in Waukesha.

Cristian Sanchez, according to a criminal complaint, also gave police a fake name when they tried to question him about the incident and had twice been deported to Mexico.

He was charged Feb. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement with sexual contact and refusing to aid a peace officer. Online court records show that he was ordered held the same day on a $10,000 cash bond.

According to the complaint, Sanchez repeatedly asked the victim for her phone number when they met several months ago and on one occasion showed up at her school with flowers for her.

He reportedly groped her following a Jan. 29 soccer game near the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St., when he ran into her in a nearby parking lot.

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The complaint said he told the victim she should pull closer to him for warmth and, when she did, wrapped his arm around her waist, grabbed her butt and rubbed his crotch against her legs.

The girl's sister reported the incident to police after she became worried about how long her sister was in the parking lot and went out to find her.

Sanchez had been refereeing soccer matches in Waukesha for about two years, the complaint said. He refereed matches in Franklin as well, which is where investigators caught up with him.

According to the complaint, Sanchez originally gave officers a fake name before he talked with police. He told a detective during an interview that he had been deported to Mexico twice.

Court records show that Sanchez's next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 9. He could face up to more than 65 years behind bars and $200,000 in fines if convicted.

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