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RACINE — Charges against a Racine woman accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a man she babysat a decade ago were dismissed Friday after the state could not find the accuser in the case.

The prosecution said it could not meet its burden of proof to charge Shirley Z. Mooney, 71, of Racine, of repeated first-degree felony sexual assault of a child.

Instead, the state moved to dismiss the case against Mooney without prejudice, meaning the charges could be refiled in the future.

If convicted, Mooney would have faced up to 60 years imprisonment.

Victim comes forward

According to the criminal complaint, Mooney operated a day care out of her apartment at 2700 Anthony Lane, where she baby-sat the alleged victim numerous times a week for several years.

In January 2018, the accuser told Racine police investigators that Mooney had sexually assaulted him multiple times while in her care from 2005 to 2008, when he was between the ages of 5 to 8.

An unnamed woman went with the young man to the Police Department and told officers he recently told her what had happened.

The man alleged that Mooney would bring him into her bedroom, take off their shirts, and commence in and force inappropriate touching of private areas.

According to online court records, Mooney has no prior convictions in Wisconsin.

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