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Man faces child abuse charges after road rage incident

8:19 AM, Mar. 27, 2013  |  Comments
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A Hortonville man was charged a felony count of child abuse stemming from a September road rage incident.

Tyler J. Villaneuve, 32, was charged Monday in Outagamie County Court with child abuse and disorderly conduct. Police say Villaneuve reached into the driver's side window of a car stopped at a red light at County CB and State 96 on Sept. 19 and grabbed the 17-year-old driver by the head and neck.

The 17-year-old told authorities a car passed by him at nearly twice the legal speed limit on State 96 before stopping in the middle of the intersection of County M. The teen drove around the car, which later passed him again. The teen said he tried to roll up his window and lock the door when Villanueve approached his car at the traffic signal, the criminal complaint says.

Villaneuve acknowledged a confrontation when interviewed by police, but denied causing the teen physical harm. He said he confronted the teen because he threw something at his vehicle.

The child abuse charge carries a maximum six-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine. Villaneuve will make an initial court appearance April 25.

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