SPARTA — Monroe County prosecutors filed nine felony charges against a Sparta man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

The teen told authorities that 38-year-old Paul Schmitz forced sexual contact more than a dozen times between June and September, according to the complaint filed in Monroe County Circuit Court.

On several occasions, Schmitz made the girl ride nude on his all-terrain vehicle to check trail cameras before assaulting her and used a sex toy on her, the complaint stated. The teen said he threatened to harm her if she reported the assault.

Schmitz declined to speak with investigators without his attorney.

Schmitz is charged with two counts each of repeated sexual assault of a child and child enticement, four counts of exposing genitals and intimidation of a victim. He is free on a $10,000 signature bond.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.