Brown County youth tennis coach in custody as investigation into ‘growing number of young victims’ continues

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) – A Brown County youth tennis coach was recently taken into custody after authorities were made aware of potential inappropriate conduct involving a ‘growing number of young victims.’

Since early May, deputies in Brown County have been diligently working to gather information and evidence related to allegations against a local youth tennis coach, Joshua R. Denault.

After receiving information in early May about possible inappropriate conduct by Denault, 40, an investigation led to his arrest on charges of Capturing an Image of Nudity and Child Enticement.

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According to a criminal complaint obtained by Local 5, Denault allegedly asked the victim to help him with something in a storage closet during a group practice. Denault then reportedly set his phone on the floor of the storage closet while recording the young victim standing over the phone. Denault also allegedly maneuvered the victim during the incident.

During the course of the investigation, authorities say they uncovered approximately 36 different videos of this nature in Denault’s ‘recently deleted’ tab of his cellphone.

Deputies are calling the investigation ‘active’ and ‘sensitive,’ saying it involves a growing number of young victims. Authorities are asking anyone with relevant information to contact Sgt. Matthew Wilson at 920-448-6192 or [email protected].

As always, the safety and well-being of children in our community remains a top priority. Please take time to talk with your children about their activities and the people they have contact with. Foster open and honest communications with your children and commit to being an advocate for their safety.

Brown County Sheriff’s Office

The Western Racquet & Fitness Club in Ashwaubenon provided the following statement to Local 5:

On Tuesday, May 14, 2024, Western Racquet & Fitness Club was informed by an Investigator from the Brown County Sheriff’s Department of an incident that was reported by a youth tennis program participant. The incident occurred during the week of May 6th. The employee that was involved has been terminated. Western has been fully cooperating with law enforcement as part of its ongoing investigation.

Western Racquet & Fitness Club

Court records show that Denault has been charged with:

  • Capture an Intimate Representation Without Consent

    • Felony I

    • Up to 3.5 years in prison, up to $10,000 fine, or both

  • Child Enticement – ​​Expose Genitals/Pubic Area/Intimate Parts

    • Felony D

    • Up to 25 years in prison, up to $100,000 fine, or both

  • Cause Mental Harm to Child

    • Felony F

    • Up to 12.5 years in prison, up to $25,000 fine, or both

  • Child Sexual Exploitation – Videos, Records, etc.

    • Felony C

    • Up to 40 years in prison, up to $100,000 fine, or both

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Denault is expected to make a court appearance on May 24 at 2 pm

No other information has been provided. Local 5 will update this story when additional details are released.

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