MENOMONIE — A 25-year-old Menomonie man who faced charges of sending false text and social media messages to harm the reputation of a victim pleaded no contest Friday in Dunn County to misdemeanor battery and possession of marijuana charges.
Justin J. Waterhouse, 389 Red Cedar St., entered into the plea as part of the plea agreement. The battery charge is from June 8, 2016, and the marijuana charge from April 3.
All other charges including felony identity theft were dismissed.
Waterhouse was ordered to serve a year of probation, pay $883 in court costs and must undergo alcohol and other drug offense counseling if required by his probation agent.
He also must serve 40 hours of community service.
Mackenzie M. Klatt-Waterhouse, 25, 3981 Nicholas Drive, Menomonie, has been charged with identity theft for using the woman’s personal cell phone to harm her reputation on or about June 8 and June 9, 2016. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Aug. 31.
Klatt-Waterhouse faces an additional misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer.
According to the criminal complaints:
Waterhouse reported the woman sent him a social media message and a text message to Klatt-Waterhouse.
The messages apologized for Waterhouse being arrested for battery and claimed it was what the woman’s mother wanted and she would pay his fines. The text message also said she lied to police.
A Menomonie police officer was with the woman at the time she was supposed to have sent the text message filling out paperwork.
A squad car video showed the woman doing paperwork, making it impossible for her to have sent the text.
Klatt-Waterhouse is accused of using the woman’s phone and sending the messages to herself.
The woman told authorities she was in a romantic relationship with the couple and she wanted to leave it.
Waterhouse threatened to kill her cat and her mother if she left.
He is charged with slapping the woman on June 8, 2016, and choking her.