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A 57-year-old New Mexico man told police he sexually assaulted "several children" while working at the Kettle Moraine Ranch in Eagle, but despite allegations against him was not reported to police by the family that owned the ranch and instead continued working for them at another horse farm, according to a criminal complaint.

Now, Michael Delanguillette stands accused of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Waukesha County Circuit Court. A judge issued an arrest warrant for him on Feb. 8, the same day he was charged.

According to a criminal complaint:

Delanguillette's past came to light after one of his victims, a member of the Gagliano family that owns the ranch, reported her assault to police in December 2017.

She told investigators Delanguillette groped and raped her about 18 or 19 years ago — when she was 8 or 9 — inside his apartment at the ranch, W379 S9674 Highway S. 

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She also said she was aware of other incidents, but did not offer specific details.

Delanguillette, who the accuser said was a close friend of the late Kettle Moraine Ranch owner Al Gagliano, left the ranch in 2008 to work at another Gagliano-owned horse farm in New Mexico. He still lives there.

A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department detective confronted Delanguillette with the allegations in a recorded phone interview during which Delanguillette admitted to sexually assaulting "seven or eight" children while working at the ranch, including the accuser who prompted the investigation, whom he identified by name.

He said the Gagliano family confronted him about at least one of the allegations and subsequently moved him to the New Mexico ranch.

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Gina Gagliano told police in an interview she was aware Delanguillette was suspected of sexual abuse in multiple instances at the Eagle ranch, and said she was concerned about the "family's reputation."

She said she felt bad for both the victim and Delanguillette, whom she said was considered a family member and had himself been victimized as a juvenile. She described his behavior as a "mental-health illness."

A message left at Kettle Moraine Ranch on Feb. 12 was not immediately returned.

No future court activity will be scheduled in the case until Delanguillette is in police custody. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

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