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Sussex Sex Offender Faces Four Counts of Child Enticement

Man, 50, arrested in a Hartland Park after approaching several young boys.

A Sussex sex offender is facing charges after he was allegedly showing little boys “too much attention” at Nixon Park in Hartland.

Dennis C. Marth, 50, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Friday with four counts of child enticement. If convicted, he faces up to 100 years in prison and $400,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On July 15, a woman noticed Marth walking up to boys in the park and asking them where the railroad tracks were. The woman had been watching four children at the park and one of them told her it was odd that Marth asked him where the tracks were because he already had shown him where the tracks were. The youth also said he heard Marth  ask another boy to show him where the tracks were.

The woman said she found it odd Marth was showing so much attention to the boys and was keeping his hands in his pockets for long periods of time while interacting with the children. After she noticed Marth get up and follow a younger boy she was watching to a remote section of the park, she gathered up all the children and immediately went to the Hartland Police Department to report the behavior.

Upon arriving, police found Marth sitting on a bench near two younger boys who were fishing. The boys told one of the officers Marth had been asking them where the railroad tracks were even though he had approached them two days earlier and done the same thing.

Marth first told officers he had come visit the park because he grew up in Hartland and had been drinking that morning. He later changed his story to say he had some drinks after working third shift and had come to the park to sober up.

However, police found a mug with beer in his vehicle, along with half a bottle of whiskey. He had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 at the time of the incident.

Marth, who was recently released from monitoring by the state Department of Corrections after being convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 1986, told police he had issues with touching young boys in the past, but he was continuing to seek treatment for his problems.

Marth is being held in Waukesha County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Craig August 06, 2011 at 06:46 AM
Show him where the railroad tracks are...in shackles and chains....and hook him to the tracks while the train is bearing down. No rehabilitation needed, no complaints from society. Leave his remains for the possums.
Scott L August 06, 2011 at 10:40 AM
I guess Mr. Marth proved that everyone's suspicions were correct: "purported sex offenders of his nature cannot ever be rehabilitated to the point that we as a society and community will be safe from his/their deviant urges" My guess is that his drinking contributed to his lack of inhibition to control the urges, but that is not an acceptable excuse. With the time he is facing now I think its safe to say that we will never have to see him being released from prison again -- he will likely die behind bars. I am just very thankful that no child fell victim to him again.
Tara August 06, 2011 at 12:58 PM
this is just horrible. you cant let your kids enjoy anything without worrying about who is around watching them. It makes me sick to think that i cant even take my son to the park and let him play without being right at his side for fear that some sick pedophile will take away is innocence.
Scott L August 06, 2011 at 04:43 PM
The first instinct of most people who read this is to believe that the judge who released him back into the community is at fault. This is not true, however. He was constrained by the law, and more so by the psychiatrists who deemed Mr. Marth "safe" for society and our community. That is where the problem lies. Mr. Marth conned the psychiatrists and our community has suffered. Something needs to be done, both at the legislative level, and the medical level, to ensure that this can NEVER happens again.

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