Man faces nearly 200 counts of sex crimes, including sexual assault

Shane Stanger, 46
Shane Stanger, 46 Photo credit Racine County Sheriffs Office

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A 46-year-old man is charged in Racine County, Wisconsin with more than 200 counts of sex offenses, including 87 counts of sexual assault after an acquaintance took a look at his computer.

According to the Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling, the female acquaintance saw a video of herself being sexually assaulted by the man while unconscious. Last month, she took that video to police.

"If it wasn't for the courage of individuals like that to come forward and bring that personal information forward, we would not have this creep in custody today," Sheriff Schmaling said.

The suspect was identified as Shane Stanger, 46.

The sheriff said many other videos were found on his laptop.

"This is sort of peeling back this rotten onion, as we peel back the layers, we are discovering more and more and more; and I fully expect that these 200+ counts are just the tip of the iceberg," Sheriff Schmaling said.

The sheriff said Stanger drugged his victims, who were between 10- and 40-years old. He believes there was a common thread.

"Sounds like there's a level of trust that occurred here, enough where they invited him to their home, and then he took advantage of that," Schmaling said.

He said Stanger is transient, splitting time between Wisconsin and Iowa.

Sheriff's officials are recommending charges that also include possessing child pornography, invasion of privacy and representations depicting nudity.