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Warren Nelson, 61, founder of and performer at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, Wis., was arrested Friday on sexual assault and aggravated battery charges.

Documents outline sex, battery charges against Big Top founde

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Documents detailing charges of sexual assault against the founder of Big Top Chautauqua were filed Friday in Bayfield County.

Warren Nelson of Washburn stepped down as artistic director of Big Top Chautauqua on Tuesday after he was arrested Jan. 30. He's charged with second degree sexual assault and substantial battery.


Nelson, 61, performed on Tent Show Radio, a nationwide weekly public radio program that hosts Big Top artists.

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