1/23/11 – A Horicon man has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he sexually assaulted a girl over a period of several years. 36-year-old Brian Carlson is charged with one felony count of Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child, which carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison, if he’s convicted. According to the criminal complaint, a man reported to Horicon police in late December that the girl, now 17-years-old, told him about the abuse, which started in the summer of 2006 when she was 12-years-old and continued through October of last year. The victim reportedly told investigators with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department that the abuse occurred between two and three times a week. Police arrested Carlson at work earlier this month. He originally denied the contact but eventually admitted the assault, saying she was 14-or-15-years-old at the time and had a crush on him. Carlson said it was never forced and she had told him that it was all right. Carlson is being held on a $20,000 cash bond and he’ll be back in court for arraignment next month.