Buffalo Center man charged with sexual abuse, stalking by GPS device

BUFFALO CENTER — A Buffalo Center man faces up to 35 years in prison on sexual abuse and stalking charges.

36-year-old Brandon Bassett has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse, lascivious acts with a child, and stalking by unauthorized use of a GPS device. A criminal complaint says a minor female reported a sexual assault to a school employee in October, with the school reporting it to the Department of Human Services.

A DHS agent and the officer accompanied the child and the child’s mother to a Child Protective Center interview a week later, where the child reported that she had been assaulted in the early hours of a school day in April.

A separate complaint states that Bassett admitted to authorities during an October 27th interview that he had placed a GPS tracker on his wife’s vehicle, with his wife saying she did not know anything about the tracker.

Bassett was arrested on Monday, with his preliminary hearing scheduled for December 1st.

Second-degree sexual abuse is a Class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison, lascivious acts is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years, while the stalking charge is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.