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Prison for molesting daughter

December 15, 2016 GMT

JEFFERSON — A 38-year-old former Colorado man was sentenced Tuesday to 39 years in prison for molesting his daughter.

The man, whom the Daily Union is not identifying to protect the victim’s identity, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child under 16.

Court records indicate that the alleged sexual assaults within Jefferson County occurred at the Bark River Campground in the Town of Sullivan when the girl was between 10 and 11 years old.

The suspect originally was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, and two counts of incest. Per a plea agreement with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, the charges were amended to second-degree sexual assault and the remaining counts were read into the record and dismissed.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge David Wambach sentenced the suspect to consecutive terms for the two counts. On the first count, the judge set a sentence totaling 27 years, consisting of 17 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision. For the second count, the molester was sentenced to a total of 32 years consisting of 22 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.

According to court records, the man had been residing in Colorado. He reportedly returned to Wisconsin for the funeral of a relative, at which time Racine County investigators questioned him about the allegations made by his daughter.

Based on the girl’s interview with authorities in Racine County, the two incidents of sexual assault in Jefferson County reportedly occurred at a trailer at the Bark River Campground near Rome.

Two other incidents were alleged to have occurred at two different locations in other counties. One reportedly was at a movie theater in the City of Franklin in Milwaukee County and the other was at a nature center in the Village of Eagle in Waukesha County.

Charges in Milwaukee County were dismissed upon the suspect pleading to the charges in Jefferson County.

In Waukesha County, he still faces two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child/sexual contact and two counts of incest.

It is not clear from court records if that case is likely to proceed or if the prosecutor intends to dimiss the charges based on the Jefferson County sentence.

The criminal complaint in Jefferson County states that when asked if he had ever touched his daughter inappropriately, the suspect replied, “no, not at all.”

He reportedly could offer no reason as to why she would make up such allegations, except that she might have been upset about him moving to Colorado.

Informed of the allegations of sexual contact between himself and the girl, the man continued to deny anything had occurred.

“I did not do that,” he stated.

According to the complaint, investigators proceeded to inform the suspect that the allegations were that the sexual contact escalated to sexual intercourse.

“Not at all, never. No way in hell. That is completely crazy. I haven’t even hung out with her since she was 11,” he said.

All of the alleged incidents of sexual contact and intercourse were alleged to have occurred when the girl was between 10 and 11 years old.

Upon learning this, the suspect indicated he would like to speak to an attorney.