A five-day court trial for four Lincoln High School wrestlers will start the Monday after state team finals.
The court trial is scheduled to begin March 5, with jury selection March 2. According to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association website, the team finals for wrestling are March 2 and 3. Defendants must be present during jury selection, Wood County Assistant District Attorney Craig Lambert said.
Zachary S. Benitz and Devin L. Peterson, both 18-year-old Wisconsin Rapids residents; Kasey D. Einerson, 18, Nekoosa, and Rylan L. Lubeck, 18, Vesper, all are charged with disorderly conduct. If convicted, each of the teenagers faces a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, on multiple occasions during the past wrestling season, the four teenagers danced naked around a 15-year-old member of the Lincoln High School wrestling team. They touched the boy with their genitals and held them close to his face in the Lincoln High School locker room.
Wood County Circuit Judge Greg Potter scheduled a pretrial conference in the case for Feb. 2.
Potter has yet to rule on a subpoena filed Nov. 9 by Benitz’s attorney, Gary Kryshak, that asks for copies of all Wisconsin Rapids School District recordings associated with its investigation of the case and the wrestling program. The request includes any notes, electronic recordings, emails or Facebook or Twitter posts by school staff members regarding the case.
The school district filed a motion to block the release of the materials, arguing that doing so would violate a state law that protects student confidentiality and that some of the records — such as Facebook and Twitter posts — are outside the district’s control.