Florence Man Enters Not Guilty Plea On Assault Charges

(Burnett) A Florence man accused of molesting two young girls four years ago in Dodge County was arraigned Friday. Jared Lee Bauer entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of Repeated Sexual Assault of the Same Child. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old was a family friend living with the victims when the offenses occurred between September of 2014 and May of 2015. The older victim did not realize she was assaulted until learning about sex education in school. Bauer reportedly warned the older child not to tell her parents. In speaking with investigators, he reportedly admitted to contact on ten occasions but minimized the interactions as incidental and questioned why the victims had access to his bedroom. If convicted, the charges carry a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison.