Man wanted in Niagara arrested on child sex assault charge

Joshua Otto
Joshua Otto(Marinette County Jail)
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 9:18 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 9:55 PM CDT
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A 43-year-old man has been arrested on multiple charges, including sexual assault of a child, days after an incident in the Marinette County town of Niagara.

Police say Joshua Otto is being held in the Marinette County Jail on charges of sexual assault of a child, child enticement, felony bail jumping, resisting/obstructing law enforcement, and felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Otto was arrested Aug. 10. At about 2 p.m., Niagara police located Otto on Don Chapman Rd. Police say information obtained during a search warrant led them to his place of hiding--an abandoned cabin near a rural town road. An undercover officer arrested Otto without incident.

Police say additional charges are pending the outcome of interviews and the investigation.

On Aug. 8, officers attempted to arrest Otto on a warrant at a home in the 1800 block of River Street. Otto saw the officer and barricaded himself in the home. Officers acting on a search an arrest warrant entered the home, but Otto was not there.


A man wanted on multiple felony charges was involved in a standoff with law enforcement in Niagara Monday.

At about 5 p.m., police attempted to arrest the man at his home in the 1800 block of River Street in Niagara.

The man saw an officer and barricaded himself inside his home. Police say he refused to obey orders to surrender.

Under a search and arrest warrant, officers entered the home, but the man was not there.

“The scene is secure at this time and poses no danger to the public,” police say.

The department says the incident remains under investigation and “some information remains confidential in nature at this time.”

The man’s name was not released. Officers did not release information on the charges against him.

Niagara Police received help from the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and Special Response Team, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Florence County Sheriff’s Department, Marinette Police Department, Menominee Police Department, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Auxiliary, the Marinette County Chaplain, Marinette County Communications Center, Niagara Area Emergency Unit, and the Niagara Fire Department.

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