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Beaten and accused of molesting a child, Wigant to stand trial in April

This news story was published on January 20, 2016.
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MASON CITY – A man accused of sex offenses against a child who was badly beaten this week while held in the Cerro Gordo jail is set for trial.

Daniel J. Wigant, age 24 of Clear Lake, faces four serious charges which were brought against him in August by Clear Lake police: Two counts of lascivious acts with a child and two counts of second degree sexual abuse. Wigant is accused of sexual contact with a female child just 4 years of age. He is accused of molesting the child on July 10 and again on July 16 of this year.

Wigant has entered a not guilty plea and is represented by public defender Susan Flander. He will face a jury trial on November 17 and remains locked up in the county jail on “special status” on $70,000 cash-only bond.

A source close to the case tells NIT that as soon as Wigant got to jail he was moved to protective status because he “had a couple run in with guys at the jail…his first night there he got moved because the guys (found) out why he was there.”

However, it appears that the jail was not a safe place for Wigant, even on “special status”.

Cerro Gordo deputies responded to a report of an assault in the jail Sunday morning, January 17, at about 10:23 AM. According to details released to NIT Tuesday morning, John Daniel Murphy was in the shower area of the jail when he suddenly punched Wigant. His injuries included a black eye and a lost tooth, to that point. Murphy then assaulted Wigant further as he went to his cell. At the cell, Murphy kept hitting Wigant, causing swelling to the Wigant’s hand. A report was taken, which led to a charge of felony D willful injury being brought against John Daniel Murphy. Allegedly, Murphy admitted the attack was unprovoked.

Court records and a source close to the case tell NIT that Wigant now has a jury trial set for Monday, April 18 at 9 AM. “He’s been offered a plea deal of two class C felony … not accepting it” the source tells NIT. Also, there has been hesitation to depose the alleged victim in the case, due to potential damage that may do to her.

Wigant has filed an “indecent defense claim form” and may not get out of jail prior to trial, due to the $70,000 he would need to be released.



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7 Responses to Beaten and accused of molesting a child, Wigant to stand trial in April

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    Bookie Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I think he needs to be castrated like they did in the ole days. Shot of whiskey and piece of wood in the mouth and a dull knife to cut his own balls off. YAH HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2016 at 4:32 am

    can see him filing the “indecent defense” paper if he has “bourbon” Susie defending him.

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    Katie Reply Report comment

    January 21, 2016 at 12:15 am

    If he was under protective status, why was anyone else in the shower area with him? Makes no sense.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 21, 2016 at 4:54 am

      Guards don’t like chomos any more than other inmates do. Someone probably left the shower door open, “accidentally”.

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    Krista Lynne Pals-Holmes Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I can’t wait till trial. He’ll get full sentence then

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    rukidding Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    If the guy is found guilty he should be put back into a cell with the guy that kicked his butt. This seems like justice

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    sherryl Reply Report comment

    January 20, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    what did they expect them to do—be nice to the guy?