A 25-year-old Wisconsin man recently pled guilty in La Cross County Circuit Court to third degree sexual assault. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The incident that led to the charges did not become a criminal case until the father of the alleged victim found out that she was pregnant.Reportedly, the story leading up to the initial charges involved an online interaction between the young man and a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook. Prosecutors claimed that the two agreed to meet in August 2010 at a public park, where they reportedly had sex in a bathroom. When the father of the girl discovered that she was pregnant, he reported the situation to the police.
Last month, a 29-year-old Brown Deer, Wisconsin, man was charged in federal court with prostituting three minors over a time period of three years. The preliminary hearing on the sexual offense case was scheduled for Aug. 30, but no further reports have been made.
Over the last few months this blog has emphasized the seriousness with which the state of Wisconsin treats sex offenses, and in particular the sexual assault of minors.
The accusation of possessing child pornography is treated very seriously in Wisconsin. For individuals convicted of a prior sex charge, the allegation can be even more grave. In fact, anyone convicted of a sexually related crime for the second time may face life in prison. Additionally, an individual who has committed a sexual offense involving a minor may face a sentence that's even more harsh. These circumstances apply directly to a Wisconsin Rapids man who is currently facing possible indictment for internet sex crimes and the sexual exploitation of a child.
Accusations of sexual assault can be devastating for those accused. Individuals facing these charges can face years in prison if convicted, especially if they have been accused of more than one count of the crime. Not only could an individual be facing prison time, but because of the way society perceives those accused or convicted of sex offenses, the accusations could also affect future employment prospects and numerous other aspects of their lives.
Being accused of a sex offense can be a traumatic experience. This is especially true if you were a previously convicted sex offender, wanting to move on with your life. The social stigma associated with the earlier sex offense conviction can seem like it turns everyone from your side.