Wisconsin DA won’t pursue sex charge against alderman

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dane County prosecutors have declined to charge a Madison alderman with sexual assault, saying it would be too difficult to prove the allegations.

Assistant district attorney Shelly Rusch says she believes the alleged victim, who says Alderman Brian Solomon had nonconsensual sexual contact with her. But Rusch says she wasn’t sure the case could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Rusch’s comments came in a letter to the state Department of Justice, which investigated the allegation.

Solomon has disputed the allegations. He says he did absolutely nothing wrong.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says the alleged victim accused Solomon of touching her inappropriately after a night of drinking and consensual kissing.

Rusch says the alcohol and consensual contact would have complicated efforts to get a unanimous guilty verdict.