Two counties file felony cases against Fahser
The New London bar owner accused of raping a woman now faces additional charges.
Michael B. Fahser, 33, Fremont, was charged in Waupaca County Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree sexual assault by use of force, kidnapping, false imprisonment, felony intimidation of a victim and obstructing an officer.
Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood filed the Waupaca County charges against Fahser Thursday, April 14.
In Winnebago County, Fahser is charged with sexual assault, false imprisonment and battery.
Although he has a Fremont postal address, Fahser lives in the town of Wolf River.
The Winnebago County charges are for what allegedly happened at Fahser’s home.
Charges were filed against Fahser in Waupaca County because “the events leading to the assault in Winnebago County actually started in the city of New London,” according to the criminal complaint.
A 29-year-old woman from South Carolina was at Sociable’s Bar in New London. She told investigators a man named “Mikey,” who has been identified as Fahser, offered to give her a ride home. They left around 1 a.m. Friday, April 9.
After awhile, she realized he was not driving her to her residence. She noticed “there was nothing around but trees.”
When she tried to contact a friend on her cellphone, Fahser grabbed her phone and threw it into the back seat of his truck, the complaint says.
The woman told investigators that when she tried to open the door to exit the truck, she discovered the child-safety locks were engaged. She said she was also unable to open the windows.
She said she and Fahser began yelling at each other. She told him to pull over so she could get out and walk home. Fahser reportedly told her, “Everything is locked. You’re not going anywhere until you calm down.”
The woman reported that they stopped somewhere on Waupaca County Trunk W for about 30 minutes. When Fahser allegedly got out and walked around to the passenger’s side of the truck, the woman climbed over the center console and jumped out. She began walking south on County W, hoping to flag down another vehicle.
According to the criminal complaint, Fahser grabbed the woman by her wrists. She began crying and screaming, and he responded by saying, “Let’s find your phone and get you home.”
When she leaned into the truck to find her phone, Fahser allegedly pushed her into the truck, slammed the door, ran back to the driver’s seat and locked the doors.
While the vehicle was parked, Fahser allegedly undressed the woman and sexually assaulted her twice.
Waupaca County Deputy Cameron Durrant later drove the woman along the route she believed she and Fahser took on the way to his home.
Investigators determined the location where they stopped was on County Trunk W, between the two bridges south of Manske Road and north of Huckleberry Lane, in the town of Mukwa.
Fahser told Winnebago County investigators his friend was the one who drove the woman to his home. He denied bringing her there and denied having any sexual contact with her.
According to the criminal complaint, the friend initially said he drove the woman to Fahser’s home, then admitted Fahser had been the one who drove the woman to his home. The friend reportedly said he did not come to Fahser’s house until after Fahser called him requesting help with the woman.
The friend also said he was afraid to lose his job because he worked for Fahser.
Fahser is currently in Waupaca County jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.
He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of sexual assault or kidnapping.