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Police arrest Ingleside man in Wisconsin on sexual abuse charges

Steven M. Klubertanz, 39, of the 35500 block of North Sunnyside Avenue, Ingleside.
Steven M. Klubertanz, 39, of the 35500 block of North Sunnyside Avenue, Ingleside.

An Ingleside man accused of fleeing Illinois to avoid sexual abuse charges remained at a Wisconsin jail Friday awaiting an extradition hearing.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 39-year-old Steven M. Klubertanz on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Klubertanz, of the 35500 block of North Sunnyside Avenue, was wanted on a $350,000 warrant for aggravated criminal sexual abuse – a felony punishable by as many as seven years in prison.

The warrant stems from a Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigation in August, when police received claims that Klubertanz had made “sexual advances” toward a female juvenile relative.

The investigation revealed that between June and December 2017, Klubertanz sexually abused the juvenile at an Ingleside home, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office news release sent Thursday.

A warrant was issued for Klubertanz’s arrest Jan. 4, but officers received information the man likely was “hiding with family members” in Lyndon Station, Wisconsin, according to the release.

Sheriff’s officers relayed Klubertanz’s suspected whereabouts to the U.S. Marshals Service, which surveilled the family member’s home in the 1000 block of Lyndon Road, Lyndon Station, the release stated.

Authorities located Klubertanz at the home and arrested him Thursday. 

He remained Friday at the Juneau County Jail in Wisconsin, where he awaits an extradition hearing, a jail employee confirmed.

Klubertanz has not yet hired an attorney to represent him on the matter, Lake County public records show.

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