MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Wisconsin superintendent who received $140,000 a year in salary and benefits has been declared indigent and will get a taxpayer-funded attorney to defend him against charges of trying to solicit sex from a minor.
At a hearing in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday, New Holstein superintendent Christopher Nelson was appointed a public defender who will be paid $60 an hour by the county. A lien will be placed on Nelson's retirement benefits.
The 58-year-old Nelson was arrested Jan. 19 while attending a school board convention in Milwaukee. Prosecutors say he tried to arrange a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old boy who was actually an undercover investigator. The two had been chatting online since June.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)