Appleton man charged in kidnapping of boy, 3An Appleton man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 3½-year-old boy told police he probably would have killed the child if he hadn't been caught.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — An Appleton man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 3½-year-old boy told police he probably would have killed the child if he hadn't been caught.
The Post-Crescent reports that 28-year-old Joseph Gene Skenandore told police he grabbed the boy from his front yard Tuesday evening and fled after touching him outside the home.
Skenandore was charged Wednesday in Outagamie County Court with first-degree sexual assault, child enticement and abduction of a child. Bond was set at $250,000.
Skenandore was found with the boy in a nearby park about an hour after the abduction. Skenandore told an officer he planned to escalate the assault there.
Skenandore lived in a group home a block from the child. He has a history of arrests for crimes against children.
Defense attorney John Zadrazil has asked for a hearing to determine whether Skenandore is competent to proceed.
Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com