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UPDATE: Charges against suspected fake reporter

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CEDARBURG (WKOW) -- Police in Cedarburg say they arrested the man accused of pretending to be a newspaper reporter and calling female prep athletes.

According to our Milwaukee affiliate, WISN 12 News, Cedarburg officers confirmed the arrest of 68-year-old Gary Medrow of Greenfield on Friday.

Court records show Medrow is charged in Ozaukee County with two counts of unlawful use of a telephone and two counts of disorderly conduct.

Authorities say Medrow claimed to work for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel when he made the phone calls.

Concerned athletes and their parents contacted schools and police.

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CEDARBURG (WKOW) -- Misdemeanor charges have been filed against a man authorities say posed as a newspaper reporter, and tried to arrange photo shoots with members of the Verona Area High School's girls golf team and other female prep athletes.

Court records show 68-year-old Gary Medrow, of Greenfield, was charged in Ozaukee County with two counts of unlawful use of a telephone, and two counts of disorderly conduct.  Records also show an arrest warrant has been issued for Medrow.

Court records also show Medrow has been charged more than half a dozen times in the past for unlawfully using telephones, impersonating police officers and other crimes. Records of the cases show several of them resulted in Medrow being found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Authorities say Medrow called teen, female athletes from several schools in southern Wisconsin and represented himself as a reporter with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Authorities and some of the prep athletes say Medrow told the girls he wanted to photograph them standing on each other's shoulders, or hoisted up by each other. Concerned athletes and their parents contacted schools and police. 

 

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