The case involving a 26-year-old Milwaukee man accused of groping a 15-year-old girl after he refereed an adult soccer match will be bound over for trial.
Cristian Sanchez, who has been charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement with sexual contact and refusing to aid a peace officer, made an appearance in Waukesha County Court on Friday, Feb 17. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 23.
In legal proceedings last week, Sanchez's attorney Erik Colque asked the court to dismiss the charges of child enticement and sexual assault, because he said there was no evidence Sanchez made an attempt to get the victim in a car for sexual purposes. He explained it appeared to be a situation of two friends walking and touching in a nonsexual manner.
However, the court found probable cause to believe that a felony may have been committed, meaning that the charges will stand until the matter can be brought to trial or until charges are dismissed on other grounds.
Sanchez reportedly groped the victim following a Jan. 29 soccer game near the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St., when he ran into her in a nearby parking lot.
According to a criminal complaint tied to the charges, Sanchez allegedly 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 aroused genitals against her leg and groin.
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.
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.
During the Feb. 17 proceedings, Waukesha Detective Aurelio Serrano said the flowers were sprayed with men's cologne so she would remember him. Sanchez allegedly also tried to kiss the victim.
Sanchez also gave police a fake name when they tried to question him about the incident and had twice been deported to Mexico, according to a criminal complaint.