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Ex-Langlade County sheriff's deputy gets plea deal in child sex assault

ANTIGO, WI (WTAQ) - A former Langlade County sheriff's deputy will be sentenced April 11th for sexually assaulting a teenager.

26-year-old Michael Brayton of Gleason struck a plea deal with prosecutors, in which he pleaded guilty to second-degree child sexual assualt. Three other sex assault charges were dropped, along with two counts of child enticement and 16 exposure counts.

Prosecutors said Brayton had physical contact several times with a female student at Elcho High School. Investigators said he also traded sexually explicit photos with three other girls.

An assistant DA said those charges were dropped because of a recent state appeals court ruling which said it's not indecent exposure to send photos of genitals in text messages.

Brayton was on the Langlade County sheriff's force from 2008 through mid-2012, soon before he was charged.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)