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Camper accused of sexually assaulting girl at Waupaca County campground

The sheriff’s office is asking other possible victims to come forward
Richard "Rick" Klimek is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl at a campground in...
Richard "Rick" Klimek is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl at a campground in Waupaca County where he is a seasonal camper.(Waupaca County Jail)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 3:09 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 9:23 AM CDT
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WAUPACA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - An Appleton man is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child at a campground in Waupaca County, and the sheriff’s office wants to know if there are other victims.

The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office says the sexual assault was reported on July 7 at Farmer Gene’s Campground on Kinney Lake Road in Dupont, west of Marion.

Richard “Rick” Klimek, 63, works for the campground, clearing trash and doing odd jobs, according to the criminal complaint.

In the complaint, investigators say the girl believed he’s a security guard and he gives her rides in one of his golf carts every week. He would say he doesn’t want her to fall out, then assaults her while gripping her with his hand. She said it happened over the last two years. When he took her to his camper, she was afraid he was going to rape her.

Deputies issued a search warrant at Klimek’s camper last Wednesday and found a pair of size 5 children’s underwear in a closet.

Deputies noted in the complaint that they found Klimek on the roof of his camper adjusting his antenna. When Klimek asked what they needed, they said it was regarding a sexual offense complaint. Klimek spent the next 10 to 15 minutes adjusting the antenna and never asked any more about the complaint. The detective says while questioning him, Klimek began to tear up. He did not admit to assaulting the girl.

Klimek is charged with two counts of First-degree Child Sexual Assault - Intercourse with a person under 12; First-degree Child Sex Assault - Sexual contact with a person under 13; Repeated Sexual Assault of the Same Child (at Least 3 Violations of First-degree Sexual Assault) -- all of which carry up to 60 years in prison -- and Child Enticement for Sexual Contact. Because of the seriousness of the crimes, prosecutors are asking a court to place Klimek under lifetime supervision if he’s convicted.

Detectives at the sheriff’s office want any other possible victims to call them at (715) 258-4466.

Klimek appeared in court Monday afternoon.

As a condition of his bond, Klimek can’t go on the premises of any campground or have contact with any juvenile girls.

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