Five-time 'Jeopardy!' champ accused of sexually assaulting a child
By RYAN GORMAN
A five-time "Jeopardy!" champion from suburban Chicago has been accused of sexually assaulting a child.
Jerry Slowik, 28, was riding high in December after winning $120,000 playing the popular trivia game but now faces 40 years in prison over allegations he had a sexual encounter with a 15-year-old girl.
The suburban Chicago native will go to trial in Wisconsin over the charges in October, according to the Lake Geneva News.
Slowik's accuser claims he took her to a movie on March 21 and then drove her to a dead-end road, according to a criminal complaint cited by the paper.
He then kissed and touched the teen in a sexual manner, she told police. The age of consent in Wisconsin is 16.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges on May 2.
The accused pedophile updated his Facebook page only last week to say he was in a relationship. AOL News was not able to reach his current girlfriend for comment.
Slowik took "Jeopardy!" by storm late last year winning five straight shows airing December 26 - 30.
He was a security guard at a Japanese supermarket at the time and told the Daily Herald he planned to use his payday to move out of his parents home.
Slowik also wanted to set aside a portion to travel to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, he told the paper.
He instead faces the possibility of a $100,000 fine wiping out more than what he likely took home after taxes.
The accusations have also dealt him another blow.
A spokesperson for "Jeopardy!" told the Herald that Slowik has been dropped from the game show's "Tournament of Champions."
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