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Prosecutors Friday charged a La Crosse man with claiming to be a police officer to intimidate the parents of a teenage girl he is accused of sexually assaulting.

Brandon Adams


Brandon Adams, 30, is charged in La Crosse County Circuit Court with impersonating a peace officer, sexual intercourse with a child and exposing genitals. He returns to court May 15 for a preliminary hearing and is free on a $5,000 signature bond.

Adams on April 28 confronted the girl’s parents and said he was an officer after they tried to catch him meeting their 16-year-old daughter at the Onalaska Burger King, according to the complaint. He showed off a badge and handcuffs and told the girl’s father that he would arrest him.

Adams previously had texted her parents claiming to be an officer and told Onalaska police that he was a bail bondsman in Minnesota, the complaint stated. Police told him not to contact the teen anymore.

Early the next morning, police caught Adams and the girl in a car together during a traffic stop, according to the complaint.

Adams also sent sexually graphic text messages to the teen, who admitted engaging in unprotected sex with him.

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