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A positive DNA match led to a felony charge of second-degree sexual assault being filed Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court against a 42-year-old Lake Geneva man.

The felony charge filed Thursday against Daniel R. Vekeroff could lead to a fine of $100,000 and 40 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint: Burlington police in June 2017 were dispatched to the Sky View Inn, 733 Milwaukee Ave., for a report of a sexual assault.

Police spoke to the victim, who stated she had been raped by a man who she said was between 40 and 50 years old. She stated she had been drinking with friends around 11 p.m., and around 6 a.m., she started to fall asleep on a bench outside when the defendant approached her.

The two went inside, and the woman said he approached her, grabbed both of her wrists, pulled her to the ground and took off her shorts and underwear. She said she told him to stop, but he continued the assault. After she began to scream, the defendant ran back down the stairs.

Police in January identified Vekeroff as a possible suspect. During two interviews, he at first denied any sexual contact between himself and any other females other than his girlfriend at the Sky View Inn.

Police obtained a warrant for a DNA sample, and during a second meeting, Vekeroff indicated he attempted to have sexual intercourse with a woman at the Inn during June of the previous year.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab submitted a report in February that matched the defendant’s DNA with a sample taken from the victim.

Vekeroff is due in court Nov. 21 for a 9 a.m. preliminary hearing.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.