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Man charged with 4th degree sexual assault after allegedly groping woman on Downtown sidewalk

October 11, 2018

A 32-year-old man was charged with fourth degree sexual assault and two other misdemeanors Wednesday after police say he groped and chased a woman in Downtown Madison and then exposed himself to a construction workers who rushed to the woman’s aid Tuesday afternoon.

Kevin Kieren, 32, no permanent address, also was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct following the incident that took place in the area of North Hamilton, East Johnson and Butler streets just after noon on Tuesday. A repeater provision was added to all three charges.

The woman who was allegedly attacked is 20 years old, a Madison police report said.

According to the criminal complaint:

The woman told Madison police she had just walked out of a bus at the intersection of Hamilton, Johnson and Butler streets when she heard car horns and her attention was drawn to a man walking in front of cars that had the green light at the intersection.

Moments later, as the woman was walking on the sidewalk on the 300 block of East Johnson, she said she felt someone grab her buttocks and then attempt to grab or slap at her breasts.

The man then grabbed her again after she stopped and turned around, according to the woman.

She told police the man was the same person -- later identified as Kieren -- she had seen cutting through traffic.

Initially, she said she asked the man, “What are you doing?” She also recalled that he asked for her phone number as she repeatedly told him to go away.

She then began to scream and that got the attention of the construction workers who were working on a lift at a job site across the street, the woman told police.

She said the man followed her as she walked across the street toward the construction workers. She said she noticed the man was in the process of dropping his pants after she reached the workers.

One of the construction workers told police that they witnessed the man touching the woman and then watched him dash into the street and run back toward Butler Street. They then witnessed the man run back to the victim, say something and then proceed to run back toward Butler Street again. When the man returned a third time they noticed he was attempting to drop his pants as he ran toward the woman.

Once the lift was lowered to the ground, the construction worker said his co-worker took the woman to a safe place. She was clearly shaken by the incident, he said.

The construction worked said he then saw the man approaching him with his pants down and his genitals exposed.

He told police he put his keys between his knuckles, put his fists up and told the man to, “Stay ... away.” Shortly thereafter, police arrived at the scene.

Madison police initially were dispatched to Chalmers Jewelers, 524 E. Washington Ave., at 11:48 a.m. following reports that a man was acting strangely inside the store.

About 30 minutes later, a person flagged down police as their squad car reached the intersection of Hamilton, Johnson and Butler streets and alerted them that a sexual assault had taken place.

The police were then led to Kieren, who was standing nearby with his pants down. The jacket and shirt he was wearing matched the description of the suspect who had been acting strangely at Chalmers Jewelers.

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