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Former Franklin College president Minar appoints new attorneys in Wisconsin case

Attorneys Hal Harlowe and Mark Maciolek reported to court as Minar's legal representatives

The Franklin Staff


Former Franklin College president Thomas Minar has appointed two additional lawyers to represent him as his case proceeds in Wisconsin this summer.

Hal Harlowe and Mark Maciolek are attorneys for Murphy Desmond, a large firm in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin online court record shows the attorneys became Minar’s representatives on April 22, joining attorney Brett Reetz.

The attorneys will represent Minar as he faces more than a dozen charges of child sex crimes, stemming from a January arrest that led the Franklin College Board of Trustees to fire him from his position as president.

When he was arrested in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, on Jan. 6, law enforcement in Wisconsin charged him on three counts: using a computer to facilitate a sex crime, child enticement and exposing a child to harmful narrations, after he allegedly messaged an undercover police officer posing as a 15-year-old boy on the dating app Grindr.

Prosecutors in Door County, Wisconsin, have since updated his criminal complaint, charging him with 12 counts of child poronography possession on March 17 after law enforcement searched his personal phone.

Harlowe is a veteran attorney in the Wisconsin legal community with decades of experience in criminal and civil proceedings. He served as the district attorney for Dane County in Wisconsin from 1983 until 1989, when he entered private practice and started his own firm. He joined Murphy Desmond in 2012.

Maciolek joined Murphy Desmond in 2013 and now represents clients in criminal defense, bankruptcy, litigation, civil firearms rights and more, according to a profile listed on the firm’s website.

Both are recognized attorneys in the Wisconsin legal community.

The Franklin could not immediately reach Harlowe or Maciolek for comment.

Minar is scheduled to appear in court on June 17 for an arraignment hearing, where he will be read his charges and will enter a plea in his case.


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