MOUNT PLEASANT, Wis. – A 39-year-old West Allis man is accused of groping two workers at a haunted house Oct. 6.

Prentiss K. Johnson was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, battery, and disorderly conduct, which carry a total fine of $21,000 and two years, three months in county jail.

Johnson also is charged with two felony bail-jumping counts that each carries a fine of $10,000 and six years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:
Officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to the Abandoned Haunted House, 2825 S. East Frontage Road, at about 12:09 a.m. Oct. 9 for a report that a male had assaulted a worker and groped a female.

One of the victims said she jumped out and scared Johnson inside the haunted house, which was her job, and while she did that, he reached out and placed his hands on her clothed breasts and squeezed.

Another female said she also jumped out to scare Johnson, and he put his hands around her neck and squeezed tightly, which caused her pain. The woman said she quickly pushed him away and he continued on his way through the house.

Court records indicate that Johnson was free from custody in a felony case in Milwaukee County, and as conditions of his bond, was ordered not to consume alcohol or commit further criminal acts.

Johnson, who police said they believed was intoxicated at the time of the alleged assaults, is due back in Racine County Circuit Court on Oct. 17 for an 8:30 a.m. preliminary hearing.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.