Fredonia womanâs plea for leniency rejected by judge who calls crimes committed against 12-year-old repulsive
The lawyer representing a Fredonia woman who subjected her 12-year-old daughter to a sexual assault at the hands of her husband didnât try to explain his clientâs crimes but argued last week that she certainly didnât deserve the 20-year prison sentence recommended by Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol.
âI think this is a prison case, but attorney Gerol gives short shrift to the type of individual she was at the time,â said William Mayer, the womanâs attorney, adding that she suffered a âverbal and mental beat-downâ at the hands of her husband and exhibited symptoms of domestic abuse. A sentence of 7-1/2 years in prison would be more appropriate, he said.
Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams disagreed.
âThis is one of those cases that, quite frankly, is repulsive,â Williams said. âRepulsive is the only way to describe it.â
Williams sentenced the woman, who Ozaukee Press is not naming to protect the victim, to 22-1/2 years in prison followed by 15 years of extended supervision.
âA person gives birth to a child and society expects that person to provide shelter, basic necessities, food, education, love and protection,â the judge said. âYou might have provided some of those things, but your actions show you didnât provide the love or the protection.â
Instead, the woman âsat on the bed while her husband sexually assaulted her 12-year-old daughter and didnât do a thing,â Williams said.
The woman, 37, pleaded no contest in May to felony crimes of failure to protect a child from sexual assault, being party to the crime of first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 13 and child enticement-sexual contact.
A week earlier, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy sentenced the womanâs 45-year-old husband to 35 years in prison followed by 20 years of extended supervision for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter, who was âserved upâ to him by her mother as some sort of perverse birthday gift, Gerol said.
âThis was a 12-year-old girl,â Gerol said. âShe should never have been exposed to something like this.â
A jury deliberated less than two hours in February before finding the man guilty of first-degree sexual assault of a child and incest with a child by a stepparent. Gerol called the trial remarkable not only because of the testimony provided by the young victim but because her mother also testified against her husband.
During the trial, the girl told jurors that on April 1, 2013 â her stepfatherâs 44th birthday â her mother led her into the master bedroom of the familyâs Fredonia apartment, where her stepfather was waiting.
âShe (her mother) said, âWeâre going to give your daddy a special birthday gift,ââ the girl, now 13, told jurors. âI said, âI donât want to, mommy,â but she said, âDo this just for once.ââ