Wisconsin Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Second-Degree Sexual Assault

By Reddin & Singer

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Charges of a sex crime have the potential to ruin an individual’s life. Depending on the nature of the charges, convictions can carry lengthy prison terms and requirements to register on the sex offender registry over the course of the individual’s life. Along with these potential consequences, a sex crime charge can adversely affect your reputation at work and throughout your community.

Last month, a 19-year-old Racine man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the rape of a 17-year-old girl. The charges against the defendant arose from an incident that took place in January 2014 when the girl came to visit the defendant at his home under the pretense of watching movies with him. According to the complaint, when the girl arrived at the defendant’s home, he attacked her and took her to his basement, where he raped her two different times and forced her to perform oral sex on him. He used duct tape to secure her head and arms, as well as put duct tape on her mouth. The defendant’s DNA was found on the victim.

The defendant was initially charged with a number of charges, but he was ultimately convicted of one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of false imprisonment. He must register for life as a convicted sex offender.

Under Wisconsin law, second-degree sexual assault occurs when someone has sexual intercourse or sexual contact with another individual without his or her consent by the use or threat of force. Second-degree assault also takes place when someone has sex with another person without his or her consent and causes injury to that person. There are a number of other offenses that qualify as second-degree assault as well. In Wisconsin, second-degree sexual assault carries a penalty of up to 40 years and a fine of up to $100,000.

The crime of false imprisonment in Wisconsin occurs when a person intentionally confines or restrains another person without that person’s consent and with knowledge that he or she has no lawful authority to do so. False imprisonment is often charged in domestic abuse cases. Under Wisconsin law, false imprisonment carries a prison sentence of up to six years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Second-degree sexual assault and false imprisonment are extremely serious and can affect a person’s entire life. The social stigma that these charges carry can stay with a person, undermining things like their employment, education, loans,and housing opportunities.

The case described above is undoubtedly a tragic one for the victim and her family. However, in many sex crimes cases, the allegations are simply not true or they are exaggerated. At Reddin & Singer, our experienced Milwaukee sex crimes attorneys will work hard to protect your rights and your reputation. We understand the kind of harm that sex crime charges can have for a person, which is why we will diligently work to assess the facts of your case. We can help you understand all your defense options. To learn more, call us at our local number at (414) 271-6400.