A La Crosse teenager is being charged as an adult
in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old.
17-year-old Joshua Ward of La Crosse appeared in court
today on charges of first degree sexual assault of
a child under the age of 13.
According to the criminal complaint .
the victim says Ward had sex with her in 20-15 despite
being told no multiple times.
Ward says he didn't know how old she was .
and the sex was consenual.
His bond was set at 10-thousand dollars cash.
If convicted .
he faces up to 60 years in prison.