A Waukesha man has been found guilty of groping, then punching and later threatening a teenager as she walked home last spring will be sentenced in April, court records show.
London Neal, 19, pleaded no contest to two felony charges — second-degree sexual assault of a child and intimidation of a witness — March 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, according to online court records. Judge Michael Aprahamian presided over the hearing.
Neal was originally charged last March with first-degree sexual assault (contact with a child under age 16 by use or threat of force); and physical abuse of a child while intentionally causing bodily harm. Those charges were tied to an incident in which Neal, according to a criminal complaint, chased down and forcibly groped a 14-year-old girl while she was walking home in the city of Waukesha. Neal also punched the girl in the face when she tried to resist him, the complaint said.
The sex assault charge was amended and the child abuse charge was dismissed (but read into the court record) as part of a plea agreement.
According to a separate criminal complaint, Neal later sent the same victim, who will not be named to protect her identity, two letters while he was incarcerated that threatened violence against the girl if she continued to pursue charges against him.
Neal reportedly wrote, 'Don't make me use these gun's [sic] against you,' in one of the letters, which also included a threat of rape if she didn't 'keep quiet.'
He was charged twice with intimidating a witness after those letters were turned over to police. One of those charges has been dismissed but read into the court record per the plea agreement.
Court records indicate Neal has a sentencing hearing scheduled for April 11. He's facing up to several decades in prison and about $125,000 in fines for both offenses. His address is listed as the Waukesha County Jail.