Concerns Over Old Child Abuse Allegations Against Secretary Nominee

Yikes.

Top Senate Republicans are raising concerns about Gov. Tony Evers’ pick for Secretary of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, who was charged in 2005 with felony child abuse for jabbing her 5-year-old son’s hand with a pen, causing it to bleed.

The case against Dawn Crim, a former assistant coach for the UW women’s basketball team, resulted in a deferred prosecution and the record being removed from the state’s online circuit court record system.

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The child abuse case from 14 years ago, when Crim worked for UW-Madison, was eventually dismissed under a deferred prosecution agreement after Crim had successfully completed the terms of the arrangement. Deferred prosecutions typically occur when a defendant admits wrongdoing in a case. The charges against Crim were never proven in court.

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Crim was charged by prosecutors with recklessly causing bodily harm to a child, a Class I felony, which carries a penalty of up to a year and a half years in prison and two years of extended supervision. Crim’s lawyer argued there wasn’t enough evidence to support the charge of recklessly causing harm, but a judge later decided to move forward with the case before it was eventually dismissed.