Six Year Old Wisconsin Boy Being Prosecuted For Playing Doctor, With A Five Year Old

Author: November 29, 2011 2:29 pm


Parents of a five-year-old girl in Grant County, Wisconsin are pressing charges for first-degree sexual assault against a then six-year-old (now seven-year-old) boy. The accusation? Playing doctor with their daughter.

Although too young to be prosecuted, the boy could be listed on the permanent sex offender registry when he turns 18.


The boy’s parents are suing Grant County District Attorney, Lisa Riniker, a social worker and a former Sheriff’s Office investigator. The plaintiffs, who are listed on the complaint as Jennifer and Kurtis B., tried to get Riniker to drop the charges. She replied, “The legislature could have put an age restriction in the statute if it wanted to. The legislature did no such thing.” They are asking $12 million in damages.

Madison.com reports:

Among the suit’s claims is that the boy was selectively accused of a felony for playing doctor with the daughter of a Grant County political figure. It also alleges that the investigations by Kopp and Moravits were haphazard and biased in favor of the girl’s father because of his political status and that Riniker did not act reasonably in charging a 6-year-old with first-degree sexual assault.

“I think his life has been ruined, and I think it’s been ruined by reckless conduct by the defendants without any regard for the little boy and his future,” said Chicago attorney Christopher Cooper, who is representing the boy and his parents in the lawsuit.

The boy, who is now 7 and has a developmental disability, has been diagnosed with stress disorders that medical professionals attribute to the defendants’ actions, according to the suit. He has experienced fear of going to jail, as well as anxiety, depression, sleepless nights, vomiting, crying and missed school time.

The petition for protection or services states that the girl’s mother found her daughter “with her skirt and underpants around her ankles,” and the boy allegedly penetrating her.

The girl said they were playing “butt doctor” and said the boy only touched the outside of her body.

The girl is listed in the complaint as the “daughter of a well-known political figure in Grant County.” Her brother was allegedly involved in the ‘doctor’ game as well. He is not being charged. The social worker, Jan Moravits, is the girl’s aunt.

The boy’s family has now been placed under a gag order. His attorney, however, did speak to WISC-TV:

“That behavior by a prosecutor is outrageous,” said Christopher Cooper, an attorney for the boy’s parents….

“She [Riniker] bypassed the parents and sent a 6-year-old boy a summons, on which is a threat that the 6-year-old will go to jail for failure to appear,” Cooper said.

The attorneys said they have sought the opinion of many experts who said that children “playing doctor” is not a sex crime.

“[The experts say] a 6-year-old child is unable to intellectually and emotionally associate sexual gratification with the act that D has been accused of committing,” Cooper said….

Repeated calls to Riniker and an attorney for [her] and two co-defendants have gone unanswered since Friday, WISC-TV reported.

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  • For goodness sake, this is the most absurd case I’ve ever heard. What the blazes has happened to common sense? This case should have been laughed out of court.

    The fact that any Judge in the country could take this seriously worries me.

    Still I’m sure the parents of the little girl making $12 million out of it is enough to make them no longer have any sense of fair play.

    Shocking!

  • This is the world feminists have created.

    Parents Sue D.A. for Charging Their 6-Year-Old Son With a Felony After He Played Doctor With a 5-Year-Old Girl
    Last week the parents of a Wisconsin boy sued Grant County District Attorney Lisa Riniker for charging their son with first-degree sexual assault, a Class B felony, after he played “butt doctor” with a 5-year-old girl. He was 6 at the time. When the boy’s lawyer tried to have the charge dismissed, Riniker replied: “The legislature could have put an age restriction in the statute if it wanted to. The legislature did no such thing.”

    According to the complaint (PDF), the girl is “the daughter of a well-known political figure in Grant County,” and her brother, who is the same age, also was involved in playing doctor but was not charged. In addition to Riniker, the lawsuit names as defendants retired Grant County Sheriff’s Sgt. James Kopp and Jan Moravits, an investigator with Grant County Social Services “whose regional supervisor…is the political figure’s wife’s sister-in-law”—i.e., the aunt of the alleged victim.

    Although the boy, now 7, is too young to be prosecuted or named in a juvenile delinquency petitition, Madison.com reports, county officials are using the felony charge to force his parents into accepting “protection or services” for him. The lawsuit says that once he turns 18, he will be listed as a sex offender.

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  • You’ll understand when you have kids.

  • Is the girl being charged for prostitution as well. it was consensual.

  • The parents of the little girl will definitely be punished by God himself for ruining this boy’s life. Instead of punishing him why not order him therapy to make sure he’s aware of what he did wrong. This story hurts my heart and the brother was playing too so why isnt anything being said about him. These kids are babies just entering elementary school they havent even learned anything yet. Let alone in sexual education. I hope the parents of the boy do win their law suit cause its inhumane what being done to the boy.

  • Have these people never had a childhood? This is plain evil.

  • Second Amendment Democrat

    Oh, the horror of SEX. We can’t handle it, God has told us so.

    So here’s my solution. At puberty, we harvest the eggs and sperm cells of our children and store them cryogenically until needed, fully labeled as to who the “donors” are.

    Then, we castrate the boys and infibulate the girls, sew the vagina shut. if they want kids, let ‘em use test tubes. Religious groups will LOVE IT, forcibly preventing ANY sexual activity, EVER.

    In the mean time, trash the ignorant greedy bitch who is so scared about sex it’s amazing she had a child at all (must not have known what would happen when he stuck that filthy thing into her…)

  • Billy Luther King Jr.

    Overzealous prosecutor trying to make a name for herself. She will fail.

  • Absolutely ridiculous. I have a friend who has been listed as a sex offender for something similar when he was a child. It has ruined his life! It’s a damn shame

  • Question is where did little guy learn to play “butt doctor”?

    • the boy had problems with his rectum when younger… so his frame of reference for a doctor was someone who touched your butt hole

      (if ya look around the net, you can find this out… this story has been floating around for almost a week now… see youngturks)

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