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Trial scrapped, apparent plea bargain in serial sex assaults


MADISON (WKOW) -- A trial has been scrapped and a hearing to accept a plea has been scheduled in the case of Brian Stowe of Madison, who faces more than sixty felony, sex-crime charges.

Authorities say the former employee of a Verona high-tech firm videotaped and sexually assaulted co-workers and acquaintances after they passed out. Officials say Stowe was arrested after he assaulted a teenager he met in a shared, cab ride.

The apparent plea bargain in Stowe's case is scheduled to be discussed in Dane County Court Oct. 17.

Stowe's attorney, Dennis Coffey, declines to comment to 27 News on the terms of any plea bargain. Coffey tells 27 News he's still in discussion with representatives of the Dane County District Attorney's office on the case. The case's prosecutor, Assistant Dane County District Attorney Corey Stephan, has yet to return a call from 27 News.

Stowe also faces a sex-crime charge in federal court in connection with his actions with the teenager. In a court document filed Wednesday, a magistrate judge says "...the parties anticipate resolving this case short of trial." 


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