A criminal complaint has been issued in Waupaca County Circuit Court against a Hancock man, charging him with child sexual assault. 23 year old Patrick E. Howard faces a single count of repeated sexual assault of the same child, for allegedly having sexual contact with a child under the age of 4 at a rural Waupaca residence between July of 2012 and July of 2013. The criminal complaint says the child told authorities of the alleged sexual contact in 2016. If convicted, Howard could face up to 60 years in prison. He makes his initial appearance on the charge January 15th.