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Dan Barber waives preliminary hearing on child molesting charges

Dan Barber of North Hudson left St. Croix County Criminal Court on Monday after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on a charge of sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. His arraignment on the felony charges was set for April 14 in Judge Edward Vlack’s court. (HUdson Star-Observer photo by Meg Heaton)

Appearing before St. Croix County Judge Edward Vlack Monday, Dan Barber waived his right to a preliminary hearing of the evidence in his child sexual assault case.

Vlack asked Barber, 45, if he understood the charges against him and his right to a preliminary hearing and Barber said yes. The next step is formal arraignment on the charges which also include three counts of possession of child pornography.

St. Croix County prosecutor Michael Nieskes asked that the arraignment be set out 30 days as his office is reviewing additional information in the case that might lead to additional charges. The sheriff’s office investigation is ongoing. Barber’s next court date is April 14.

There were about two dozen people in the courtroom including some of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s investigators on the case and the North Hudson Chief of Police Mark Richert. At least two women in the courtroom cried during the short 15-minute proceeding.

Barber is accused of the sexual assault of a 6-year-old boy in 2011 who was staying overnight at his home. According to the criminal complaint, images of child pornography were found on Barber’s computer which he turned over to authorities at the time of his arrest.

Barber lives at 1033 Michaelson St. N. and is the owner and operator of St. Croix Storage and Transfer in North Hudson. Barber is free on a $75,000 cash bond.

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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