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Juda man charged in sexual assault
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MONROE - A Juda man was charged Wednesday in Green County Circuit Court for allegedly entering a woman's home and sexually assaulting her while she was unconscious.

According to a Green County Sheriff's Department news release, James E. Rackow, 48, allegedly entered the home of a woman located on Theiler Road, Jefferson Township, on Sunday. The incident was reported to law enforcement by the victim, who is an acquaintance of Rackow's, at the Monroe Clinic Hospital. Sheriff Mark Rohloff said there was no forced entry into the home and no use of force in the assault, but the victim was incapacitated at the time.

A preliminary investigation found probable cause which led to the arrest Tuesday of Rackow. The incident remains under investigation.

Rackow appeared in court Wednesday via video-conference from the Green County Jail. He has been formally charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault, a Class C felony and one count of burglary, a Class E felony. If convicted on both counts for the maximum penalty he could face up to $150,000 in fines or 55 years imprisonment or both.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Kohl said there were several eye-witnesses to the assault. Kohl requested a $10,000 cash bond and that Rackow have no contact with the victim, the residents of the home or the witnesses in the ongoing investigation. Rackow's attorney Peter Kind argued that a cash bond was too stiff a punishment as Rackow has no criminal record, is not a flight risk and has a family to care for. Judge Thomas Vale set bond at $5,000 cash and a $5,000 signature bond with the additional conditions that Kohl requested. Rackow posted bond and was released Wednesday. He has a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 12.