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Man sentenced for leaving dead rodents on playground

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Eau Claire (WQOW) -
A plea deal was reached Thursday with the Eau Claire man accused of dumping dead rodents at an Eau Claire school playground.

An anonymous tip led police to Damien Wagner, who told police his friend had a rat and mouse problem. So, he caught them, and as joke left the 18 dead rodents on playground equipment at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter school last October.
 
Thursday, Wagner pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct. Judge Jon Theisen ordered him to do either 15 days of jail or 15 days of community service.

He must also write a letter of apology to the school and will be on probation for a year.


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A charge has now been filed against the Eau Claire man who allegedly dumped dead rodents at a local playground. 

Damien Wagner, 37, is charged with disorderly conduct. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. 

As News 18 previously reported, the incident happened October 23, 2017 at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School. Eau Claire police said 18 dead rats and mice were placed on playground equipment. They said an anonymous tip led them to Wagner. 

Wagner told police he put them on the playground as a joke and didn't think anyone would get upset. 


Posted December 15, 2018: 

Eau Claire (WQOW) - An Eau Claire man was arrested after dumping dead rats and mice at an Eau Claire School

On October 23, 2017, Eau Claire Police responded to the Montessori School located at 400 Cameron Street in the City of Eau Claire regarding 18 dead rats and mice placed on playground equipment. The Eau Claire Police Department asked for help from the public to identify the suspect responsible.

The Eau Claire Police Department received an anonymous tip and interviewed 37-year-old Damien D. Wagner.

Wagner admitted that his friend had a rat and mouse infestation in his residence so he offered to help. He used a large bucket that was filled with salt water with peanut butter around the rim. A ramp was placed on the bucket to where the rats and mice would crawl up and fall in to die.

Wagner admitted that he took the dead rats and mice to the Montessori School playground and placed them on the equipment. Wagner told police he did it as a joke.

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