A Trempealeau County man serving a prison sentence in connection with sexually assaulting a sleeping woman at a Chetek campground in May 2016 was denied a motion for “post-conviction relief” during a 90-minute hearing on July 29 in Barron County Circuit Court.

Jermaine W. Nielsen has been trying to get his conviction overturned since an unsuccessful attempt to withdraw a guilty plea before he was sentenced to a 10-year prison term on Oct. 11, 2018, court records said.

Since the charges were originally filed in March 2017, Nielsen has been represented by five lawyers, court documents said.

Two defense attorneys represented Nielsen at the July 29 hearing.

The court questioned Nielsen about waiving attorney-client privilege before the hearing continued. His current attorneys then cross-examined one of his previous lawyers.

Nielsen himself testified later in the hearing. The defense then asked that another former attorney be heard on a telephone conference call, but the judge denied the request. After a 90-minute hearing, the motion was denied.

According to the complaint, the victim said that after getting into an argument with her husband, she went to their camper and laid down on a couch. She awoke a short time later and became aware someone was having sex with her. At first, she thought it was her husband, then realized it was Nielsen, the complaint said.

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