UPDATE: Ex-Wis. Mayor Pleads Not Guilty in Groping Case

UPDATED Monday, May 7, 2012 --- 9:41 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Former Sheboygan mayor Bob Ryan has pleaded not guilty to charges he grabbed a woman's breasts twice during a drinking binge last July in Elkhart Lake

Ryan entered his plea to two misdemeanor sexual assault charges Monday. He was accompanied in court by his wife, Mary.

Ryan declined comment afterward except to say he pleaded not guilty -- "That means innocent."

The Sheboygan Press reports the judge ordered Ryan to post a $1,500 signature bond and to maintain sobriety as a condition of bail. Trial is tentatively set for August.

Ryan was voted out of office in a recall election Feb. 21 and charged in April. He has acknowledged he's an alcoholic but has.said he has been sober since the incident in Elkhart Lake.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 --- 8:11p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- Former Sheboygan Mayor Bob Ryan has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault.

The Sheboygan Press reports (http://shebpr.es/I3HNXz) the charges stem from the same drinking binge in Elkhart Lake last July that triggered a recall election and led to his ouster from office in February.

The newspaper says court records that appeared online Friday show Ryan was charged Thursday with two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. He faces a maximum of nine months jail and a fine of $10,000 on each count. He's is due in court April 23.

Ryan and his attorney did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

Ryan's tenure was marred by a sexual harassment lawsuit and multiple allegations of drunken, boorish behavior. He acknowledged after the Elkhart Lake incident that he's an alcoholic.


Information from: The Sheboygan Press, http://www.sheboygan-press.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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