Man pleads not guilty to dozens of sex crimes in Racine County

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RACINE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A Burlington man charged with dozens of sex crimes pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday, May 6. 

Shane Stanger appeared in court virtually. He faces 84 charges ranging from sexual assault to possession of child porn. 

Stanger's alleged victims span all the way back to 2014 and come from multiple counties and states. Investigators say he videotaped his attacks against women and even a 10-year-old girl. 

“The charge of sex assault to MR’s child is not before this court with respect to venue," Racine County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Tanck-Adams said. "What is before the court is the possession of the depicted image of that child.”

Stanger is accused of recording women and children showering or undressed, and keeping those videos. According to the criminal complaint he possessed images of “females ranging from ages 6 to 17 in various stages of undress and using the bathroom.”

Authorities say some of those videos were taken from inside an employee bathroom at a restaurant where he once worked. Those victims included seven women, five of which were under the age of 18, according to investigators.

Stanger's attorney attempted to have one of the 84 charges thrown out in court Thursday. The charge was for witness intimidation, regarding a letter Stanger sent to one of his victims from jail. The judge decided to keep the charge.

Stanger's next court appearance is May 23. He could face life in prison if convicted. 

Authorities say he also committed sex crimes in Iowa, and CBS 58 confirmed a separate investigation is underway there as well. 

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