Wisconsin state rep pleads no contest to charge of flipping a boy off an inner tube

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August 31, 2012

State Rep. Brett Hulsey

By Greg Janetka

MADISON, Wisconsin: State Rep. Brett Hulsey (D) pleaded no contest earlier this month to a disorderly conduct charge resulting from an incident where police accused Hulsey of flipping a 9-year-old boy off an inner tube and then taking pictures of him. Hulsey was issued a $429 citation and paid a reduced fine of $114.[1]

Hulsey called the incident a misunderstanding and said he did not read the police report prior to deciding to plead no contest. "If I had, I would have probably contested. There are a lot of tall tales in there," he said.[2]

According to Hulsey, while out meeting with voters he stopped by the beach to swim and cool off. The boy in question, he said, was splashing two younger girls and he told the boy to stop. After swimming for awhile Hulsey walked past the boy and intentionally startled him, leading him to fall off the inner tube. However, Hulsey said, he never touched him and there was no horseplay involved. Later on, Hulsey went to take a photo of a sailboat and the sunset, and the child happened to be in the way.[2]

Hulsey, who is seeking re-election this year, described the incident as leaving him "flabbergasted."[1]

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