A 26-year-old Milwaukee man accused of groping a 15-year-old girl after he refereed an adult soccer match has pleaded not guilty to charges.

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, was arraigned in Waukesha County Court on Thursday, Feb. 23. The motion to modify the $10,000 bail amount was denied.

Sanchez's trial will start April 18, with a jury status hearing scheduled for March 28.

In legal proceedings last week, 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.

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.

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