Koepke sentenced 22 mos. prison
Sussex teen Daniel Koepke, now 17, was sentenced to 22 months in confinement with an additional five years of extended supervision. Five more years of probation is to follow.
He plead no contest to two felony charges back in November -- he was found guilty of causing a child under the age of 13 to view/listen to sexual activity. He was also found guilty of incest.
The charges stemmed from an incident in July of 2012 after he touched his cousin, aged five at the time, inappropriately and masturbated in front of her while babysitting.
"You cannot assault, no matter how slight, a five-year-old in the community. It is not tolerable," Washington County Judge Gonring concluded.
Gonring heard statements from families on both sides of the aisle and also considered reports from the PSI investigation, psychosexual analyses from Pathways and separate counseling records.
The victim's mother described how they were "left with a shell" of their daughter, saying, "Our spunky, carefree, loving daughter is gone."
Koepke's mother, Diane, also shared with the court that they wanted to "extend our deepest apologies."
Daniel Koepke, too, spoke briefly and said, "All I can say is I'm sorry and I wish I could take it back."
Gonring explained his decision in saying that while Koepke's young age and good record are factors, he also sought a sentence that would protect the public and address the totality of the crime.
"There is no doubt that (the victim) was a bright, happy, outgoing, intelligent little girl ... to read some of the comments, to hear how she has changed, is heartbreaking," Gonring said.
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