A Wisconsin man who attempted to avoid sexual assault charges by claiming his 3-year-old daughter initiated sexual contact with him was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday.
The 39-year-old man had pleaded no contest to first-degree child sex assault, claiming that his 3-year-old daughter had undressed herself and unzipped his pants in order to initiate contact during the incident, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The man also cited mental illness as part of his defense, according to Post Crescent.
“To be frank and honest, nobody knows what I’ve been going through except me — it makes me sick every day, and I feel I’m the most awful person in the world. I wish the best for my daughter and I hope she can live at least somewhat of a normal life. I never meant to hurt her or anybody else.”
Outagamie County Judge Mitchell Metropulos acknowledged that the defendent did have some history of mental illness, but he still dismissed this defense overall.
“I suspect he plays up his mental illness either to gain sympathy or deflect the severity of his acts, and that’s problematic when we’re dealing with sexual deviancy. He needs long-term treatment, and to protect the victim, I want her to be a sufficient age so (the defendant) cannot re-victimize her (upon release).”
In addition to the 12 years in prison, Judge Metropulos sentenced the man to eight years of extended supervision and removed his ability to contact his daughter or any minors without prior approval.