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Nov. hearing set for former police chief’s case

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – A judge will decide next month whether prior evidence will be allowed in the trial for the former Wheeler police chief accused of having repeated sexual contact with two boys.

Gary Wayerski, of Menomonie, faces 14 felony counts of sex-related crimes against a pair of teen boys he arrested in March.

The 56-year-old has pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

During a hearing in Dunn County on Thursday, special prosecutor Ben Webster asked a judge to consider including evidence from two prior cases in Pepin and Wood counties. Webster said it would serve to rebut any claims Wayerski may make that pornographic images on his home computer were placed there by someone else.

The Chippewa Herald reports a motion hearing is set for Nov. 16.

Information from: The Chippewa Herald, http://www.chippewa.com

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