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A 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man have been charged with felonies in connection with the sexual assault of three girls who are 12- and 13-years old, according to a press release by the Racine County Sheriff’s Department. Nicholas Colburn, 18, of Waterford, has been charged with a felony count of sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. Michael Schleicher, 17, of Rochester, has been charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. If convicted, Colburn faces up to 60 years in prison. If convicted, Schleicher faces up to 40 years in prison and/or fines up to $100,000. A 21-year-old man is also facing charges, but has not officially been charged yet. According to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, the sexual assaults allegedly happened at a home in the Village of Waterford on Friday, Feb. 13. Following an extensive investigation, Racine County Sheriff’s Department investigators learned that one of the girls met Colburn on Facebook and the two had been talking about four months before he suggested that the girl come over to hang out at a party. The girl brought two friends with her to Colburn’s party. Seven people were at the party and when the girl told them she was 12-years-old, several people left. However, Colburn gave the girls alcohol. He and Schleicher then had sex with the girls, according to the complaint.  

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