Green Bay Teen Sexually Assaulted at Howard Haunted House

Andrew Roberts 31 Oct 2018

A 13-year-old volunteer at a Green Bay Haunted House attraction was allegedly sexually assaulted during the weekend before Halloween. The man being accused of the crime has not been charged at this point, but did appear in court for a probable cause hearing on Monday.

How It Happened

According to Fox 11 News, the incident happened as the Green Bay Fear haunted attraction was closing on the Friday before Halloween. At around 11 PM, 21-year-old Alex Fish allegedly groped and assaulted the 13-year-old female who was volunteering at the attraction:

“The male with the white sweatshirt lost his balance, then he turned around towards (the victim),” said Dana Johnson, a Brown County Assistant District Attorney. “The male ran into her, put up both of his hands and grabbed each of her breasts and the male would not let go.”

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Who Was Involved?

The victim was working in a room of the attraction with two other 13-year-old volunteers. Fish and two of his friends, ages 16 and 18, then entered the room according to investigators. Johnson read a statement from one of the 13-year-olds detailing their view on how the incident unfolded:

“'I observed,' she said, 'four males walk into the room,'” Johnson said while reading a statement from one of the 13-year-olds. “'They were stumbling around all over the place. They smelled like marijuana.'”

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The Incident

Deputies indicate that they were told Fish allegedly "put his hands on the girl's chest for 5 to 10 seconds" and informed him he would be charged according to Fox 11:

“Later he was advised he was going to be charged with second-degree sexual assault,” said Johnson. “He indicated he didn't do anything wrong.”

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Reactions To The Incident

The Green Bay Fear attraction has now closed for the season, but FOX 11 did reach out for a statement on the incident. They indicate the official site for the attraction allows 13-year-olds to volunteer with a signed permission slip. They also must volunteer with someone who is at least 18 years of age:

“We are in the business of providing a safe & fun attraction for the purpose of giving back to the community,” responded David Oshefsky, event coordinator for Green Bay Fear.

Fish has been ordered to stay away from the 13-year-old and her friends, avoid other haunted house attractions, and cannot drink alcohol as part of a $5,000 bond.

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Past Incidents At Haunted Houses

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It shouldn't be a surprise that Haunted Houses have been the site of many incidents in the past. Some are as controversial and serious as this recent assault in Green Bay, while some are just plain horrifying.

The lighter side involves some of the things Haunted House workers have experienced in the past. Some tell stories of people punching them out of fear, tough guys cowering and whimpering from the terror, visitors bringing small children to the attraction, and even complaints that they were being too scary.

Sadly, it does get too serious for some

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Misconduct And Predators

There have been more than a few people who gained jobs at haunted house attractions that probably shouldn't have been anywhere near the place.

2015 found a Wisconsin sex offender working at a haunted house called the "Dwelling of Despair and Forest of Fear", allowing him to come into contact with dozens of children before he was revealed.

Another Wisconsin haunted house saw a visitor pay to get inside and sexually assault several people before security was able to hunt him down according to WISN 12:

"I believe there was around eight people that came forward and said that they were assaulted by this gentleman," Stephens said.

Stephens said he has team leaders and security guards throughout the haunted house who were immediately contacting each other on their radios about locating Rosmann.

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Scary Attacks

Sometimes people are just assaulted and attacked at the haunted houses around the country, typically not as part of the show. Take the case of the Mystery Manor in Omaha, Nebraska, where an employee dressed as a clown was accused and charged with third-degree assault according to WOWT NBC News:

The suspect reportedly grabbed the victim by the hair and pushed her head on a table for 10 to 15 seconds.

Another haunted house in Illinois had its own clown trouble when two employees confronted a family with sex toys according to the Chicago Tribune:

In the lawsuit, the woman stated she brought four children to the haunted house on a Saturday night a few weeks before Halloween in 2014. They were walking from their car toward the ticket window when two people dressed in clown costumes confronted them while holding sex toys, according to the lawsuit. One allegedly had a teddy bear with a vibrator attached to it.

The unidentified person waved the teddy bear at the teen and simulated sex acts on the toy, the lawsuit alleges. The other clown repeatedly poked the girl with a sex toy and yelled explicit remarks, according to the lawsuit.

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Dead For Real

Finally, many haunted house attractions around the nation have found themselves the site of real death and fright.

A worker at Disneyland Paris was found dead in their Phantom Manor attraction back in 2016, while a teen performing in a haunted hayride attraction in Illinois was accidentally hanged while performing a gallows stunt for the show.

Back in Wisconsin AGAIN, some coffins donated to the Terror on the Fox haunted attraction came with some extra special contents according to WRBC:

“When we pulled the caskets out of the storage, that’s when we discovered there were skeletons in there. They are definitely medical skeletons; I mean, one skeleton is totally intact.”

Another real skeleton was discovered at The London Dungeon in England, part of the show since it opened in 1975. Examiners found that it was a partial skeleton possibly from the early days of anatomical research according to The Daily Mail, but the true horror is what happens next:

Now the skeleton has been found to be genuine, it must be licensed by the Human Tissues Authority at a cost of £2,000 a year.

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