Former Employee Says Kettle Moraine Ranch Owners Failed to Report Abuse
A former employee of Kettle Moraine Ranch says that he admitted to his employer that he sexually abused several children at the ranch, but the employer did not notify law enforcement and instead transferred the employee to another ranch owned by the same family in New Mexico.
A February 8 criminal complaint says that during a recorded call with investigators, 57-year-old Michael Delanguillette admitted to sexually assaulting several children while working at the Kettle Moraine Ranch.
As of February 26, Delanguillette has only been charged with one count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. This charge is based on a 2017 allegation by a woman who is now in her 20s. This woman said that Delanguillete abused her at the ranch when she was around 8 or 9 years old.
Delanguillette left Kettle Moraine Ranch in 2008 and went to work at another ranch owned by the Gagliano family in New Mexico, according to the accuser.
Prosecutors say that Delanguillette may have abused as many as eight victims at the Wisconsin ranch.
He appeared in court for the first time on Monday. His bail was set at $25,000 cash and he was ordered to wear a GPS monitor and remain in the state of Wisconsin if he posts bail. His next court date is scheduled for March 22.
Legal Recourse for Sexual Abuse Survivors and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual crimes in civil lawsuits. Here is his perspective on the options for legal recourse available to survivors and their families:
In any business that involves working with children, it’s crucial to make sure that the kids are safe from the threat of sexual predators. These predators often seek out positions in these types of businesses, exploiting their trust and authority in order to commit terrible crimes. The people who run these businesses must be aware of these dangers and do all that they can to protect the kids under their watch.
In some cases of child sexual abuse, third parties like businesses, organizations, and schools are partly responsible for failing to prevent or stop abuse. For example, a business could be considered negligent in a case of sexual abuse if they failed to report allegations of abuse to law enforcement.
Are you or your child a survivor of sexual abuse? We understand how painful this experience has been for your family and we want to help. You can learn more about your family’s legal options by speaking to one of our experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyers.
Location of Kettle Moraine Ranch in Eagle, Wisconsin