Homestead students accused of sexual assault in court

MEQUON -- Two Homestead High School students charged with second-degree sexual assault appeared in Ozaukee County Court Tuesday for their initial appearance. Brent Anderson and Deangelo Dantzler were flanked by their parents, and each teen had his own attorney. Some fellow Homestead football players were also on hand Tuesday. The teens are charged in an incident that occurred November 3rd.

The criminal complaint says the 18-year-old Homestead seniors had sex with a 14-year-old girl in a school practice room in November. The complaint says the girl in the case stated she knew what she was doing, and did it willingly, but legally, a 14-year-old cannot give consent to sex. Reportedly, the 14-year-old girl has since changed her story, but that's not reflected in the criminal complaint. The prosecutor Tuesday only said the investigation continues.

The attorneys argued in court Tuesday for their clients to get personal recognizance bonds, saying there is no risk of them not returning to court. "He has substantial ties to the community. He's 18 years old. He's a senior at the high school. He lives with his parents, who are here today. They are Mequon residents. He has no criminal record whatsoever,"

Fellow Homestead football players who showed up were asked if they realize their teammates face up to 40 years in prison if convicted. "seeing that 40 years, and people just think about it, and think it's crazy. We're hoping it's not 40 years," Yuri Pogosyn said.

The judge Tuesday ordered a signature bond for Anderson and Dantzler of $5,000. The conditions include no contact with the 14-year-old girl, or her relatives, or two other teens mentioned in the criminal complaint, one of which the 14-year-old also admitted to having sex with.

The two also cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 16 outside of school hours. If the two are found to be in violation of any of the conditions, they could face bail jumping charges.

The teens are due back in court January 3rd.