By Brandi Makuski
A 21-year-old man who stands accused of sexually assaulting a child under the age of 13 is now accused with intimidating his alleged victim.
Brian A. Simonick, a resident of Neenah, made his initial appearance via video in Portage Co. Circuit Court on Aug. 1 for a charge of conspiracy to intimidate a witness. His alleged co-conspirator, 22-year-old Cristina S. Storin, makes her initial appearance Aug. 8.
Simonick is currently behind bars on a $25,000 cash bond after being arrested in March on charges of first-degree sex assault of a child under 13, incest with a child, repeated sexual assault of the same child and two counts of intimidating a witness, all felonies.
The new charge was filed after Simonick, with Storin’s help, allegedly arranged to contact the victim from jail in June.
According to the criminal complaint, Simonick conspired with Storin to lure the victim to a local cemetery to visit the victim’s father’s grave. While there, Simonick arranged to call Storin’s cell phone from jail, at which point she turned on the speaker phone.
During the call, Simonick told the woman repeatedly to “go to his attorney and tell him that nothing happened between them,” according to the complaint, also saying his current charges made him a target in jail, alleging he had “been beaten up” while in custody.
Simonick’s call lasted long enough for the allotted jail call time to expire, at which point he called back, according to the complaint, “begging [the] victim several times to go to his attorney and tell him that ‘This didn’t happen’.”
After the intimidation complaint was filed, investigators at the Stevens Point Police Dept. requested recordings of Simonick’s outgoing phone calls and jail visits.
In the recordings, detectives heard the phone conversations referenced by the victim, as well as an in-person conversation which occurred when Storin visited Simonick in jail, during which she was heard asking Simonick, “Am I going to get in trouble over this?”, to which he replied, “No, it’s all on [the victim].”
Simonick remains behind bars on a $10,000 cash bond. He returns to court for his preliminary hearing on Aug. 29 at 3 PM in Branch 1.