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Judge: Gogin trial likely to stay in Green County
Greg Gogin attends a motion hearing at the Green County Justice Center on Tuesday. Gogin faces seven counts of sexual assault and related charges; his trial is set for June 6. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)

MONROE - The trial of a Monroe man facing multiple charges of sexual assault against two girls will likely remain in Green County, a Rock County judge said Tuesday.

Greg P. Gogin, 55, is charged with seven counts of sexual assault and related offenses against the girls that took place from 2003 to 2014.

A motion filed on Oct. 29 said news coverage of Gogin's case would make it impossible to find an impartial jury within Green County. But Daley said the people of Green County deserve to hear the trial in the county in which the crimes are alleged to have occurred.

In order to determine whether Gogin can receive a fair trial, the Green County Justice Center will distribute questionnaires to 200 Green County residents on Feb. 19. The questionnaires will ask questions such as "have you discussed this case with anyone?" and "have you made a decision regarding the defendant's innocence?"

The trial will likely remain in Green County regardless of the survey results, Daley said. If necessary, a jury can be brought in from an adjacent county.

Daley also denied a motion to sever four of the charges to be tried in a separate case, saying the circumstances of the charges were not sufficiently different from the others to merit separation.

Gogin will next appear in court for a review hearing on March 16. His trial is scheduled for June 6.