A Kenosha man is facing 100 years behind bars after being charged with two serious felonies today. David DeBerge, 67, of Kenosha was charged today in Kenosha County Circuit Court with repeated sexual assault of a child and another sexual assault-related felony. The first count carries a maximum sentence of 60 years and the second, 40 years.
According to the criminal complaint, DeBerge is accused of molesting a relative from the time she was in third grade, in 2012 until the end of 8th grade.
The allegations included numerous times when DeBerge allegedly forced the young girl to perform oral sex on him. DeBerg was also alleged to have taken fully nude photos of the young girl while she was completely naked and in the shower.
DeBerge spent 20 years in the Wisconsin Army National guard as a chaplain. He also preaches the gospel to offenders who are incarcerated. At one point he worked for the Kenosha Unified School District.
DeBerg is the chaplain for the local American Legion and has a part-time job at the YMCA. The executive director of the YMCA, Cindy Altergott, told KCE that due to the serious nature of the allegations, she placed him on leave effective immediately.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Bill Michael set DeBerge’s bail at $25,000 cash, citing the seriousness of the allegations.
He is due back in court July 7 for a preliminary hearing.