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Former Langlade Co. deputy asks for new judge, lower bond

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LANGLADE COUNTY (WAOW) -

A former Langlade County deputy accused of sexual assault was back in court on Tuesday. 25-year-old Michael Brayton has been charged with 22 felonies.

Brayton made his initial appearance in Langlade County court. The former deputy has been charged with sexual assault, child enticement and exposing himself to underaged girls.

In court, Brayton's attorney asked for a lower bond after a $50,000 cash bond was set last week. Also last week, an Iron County judge was assigned to the case -- after the Langlade County judge removed himself.

Brayton's attorney told the judge -- who presided over the phone -- that Brayton has no previous criminal record and cooperated with investigators.

"The information we presented in court shows that my client is a very good risk and should be out of jail," said defense attorney Hank Schultz.

But prosecutors said if Brayton knowingly broke the law, that makes him unpredictable.

"The state argued that he was aware of the consequences for these actions that are alleged and yet he did those actions, knowing the consequences," said prosecuting attorney Theresa Wetzsteon.

Ultimately, the court decided to keep bond the same.

According to court documents, Brayton told investigators he committed the crimes while he was a deputy -- but not while he was working. He resigned from the department shortly after the investigation started.

At Tuesday's hearing, Brayton's attorney also asked for a new judge. The attorneys said a court administrator will choose that judge and then set the next court date. Meanwhile, Brayton remains behind bars at the Langlade County jail.

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