Jeremiah Paquin

A Wausau man wanted in connection with a first-degree child sex assault charge in Cameron remains at large and is the subject of a statewide arrest warrant, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents and the Cameron Police Department.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday, Jan. 30, identified the defendant as 32-year-old Jeremiah W. Paquin, whose last known address was in Wausau. He is wanted in connection with an assault alleged to have taken place on Jan. 18.

Records show Paquin is a registered sex offender who has been convicted of second-degree child sex assault in Barron County in 2008.

The complaint said Cameron officers investigated the allegations after it was learned the alleged crime took place in the village on Jan. 18.

A Barron County sheriff’s deputy first interviewed the victim, a 14-year-old girl who lives with her foster mother in the village. She told the officer she met a man online via her cell phone on Facebook. She showed the deputy photos of the man she said she met, later identified as the defendant.

The girl told the deputy she engaged in sex with the defendant on Jan. 18, after the defendant messaged her.

Village police examined the cell phone and allegedly found an exchange of Facebook messages between the victim and defendant, including a photo he had sent. Police compared and matched the Facebook photo with the defendant’s Wisconsin driver’s license photo.

A Freedom of Information Act open records request showed the defendant lived at a home in the 600 block of Brooks Place, Wausau. Records also show the defendant is a lifetime registered sex offender who had been convicted in Barron County in 2008. The address on file with the sex offender registry wasn’t the same as the one discovered in the FOI request.

Cameron police reviewed surveillance video from two locations near the victim’s home. The videos show what appears to be a silver Saturn four-door sedan in the village on Jan. 18. One of the video images shows a license plate later matched to the defendant.

The video also shows a man identified as the defendant “get out (of the vehicle) wearing a yellow and purple jacket and ball cap.” The man is seen removing several small items from the vehicle and placing them near a dumpster. Police later recovered an empty condom container and an empty cigarette package next to the dumpster.

The victim underwent an examination Jan. 20, at Amery Hospital. During the examination, the victim described injuries she had suffered during the sexual encounter.

The complaint said a Cameron police officer went to Eau Claire Jan. 25, where the victim participated in a forensic interview with an official with the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center.

The girl said she and the defendant had exchanged explicit photos of one another. She said the defendant messaged her on Jan. 17 to say “he was passing through Cameron and wanted to meet up with her.”

There was another exchange of text messages early on the morning of Jan. 18. The victim said the defendant came to her home twice that morning, but she told him to wait until her foster mother had left for work.

The victim’s description of the man’s hat and jacket matched the clothing seen by police in the surveillance video.

The girl described two sexual encounters with the defendant. Before he left, the defendant allegedly said “you know if you tell anyone, I’ll just come back and … ”

He then made a choking gesture with both his hands.

Cooperating in the investigation were Chief Michael Lynch, Sgt. Adam Steffen and Officer Jeremy Anderson, all of the Cameron Police Department, and deputy Jon Fick.

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