OSHKOSH - The 43-year-old Menasha man convicted of sexually abusing an infant
Despite graphic descriptions of abuse police found on his phone, he told the judge he's not a monster.
"I wish I could take back the things I said," he told her.
The judge didn't buy it.
"This wasn't an accident," Winnebago County Judge Karen L. Seifert told the defendant, who was convicted in Winnebago County court of first-degree sexual assault of a child and 51 counts of possession of child pornography. "It was something that you planned and you wrote about and you shared with perverted friends on the internet."
She sentenced him to 40 years in prison followed by 23 years of extended supervision.
As to the child porn, the defendant said he thought it was just a fantasy world but has realized that there are real victims.
He was already sentenced in federal court in 2015 to eight years in prison followed by 10 years on supervised release on a charge of distributing child pornography.
The sentence required a component of punishment but was imposed primarily to keep him in a place where he couldn't do this to another child, Seifert said. It's hard to know with an infant victim, she said, what kind of emotional harm the baby suffered, when she might exhibit signs of that harm and whether she'll suffer the effects for the rest of her life.
Seifert also focused on the traumatic experiences of the victims pictured in the child pornography.
"You had no concern regarding the infants and children being abused and you viewed that for your own sexual gratification," she said. "That, to me, is just a sign that you don't have the ability within you to feel for those people or to even consider what they went through when these images were being filmed or photographed."
The case began with an intercepted email and anonymous tip regarding concerns that the man was trading child porn and had access to a child. In the course of the child pornography investigation, police found on the man's phone graphic discussions about his sexual abuse of the baby, according to the criminal complaint.
Winnebago County Assistant District Attorney Adam Levin described the man as an anti-social felon doing life in the system on the installment plan.
"This is a terrible case," Levin said. "I got my law license in '99 and was an intern in DAs' offices for two years before doing that, and I can't think of a worse case I have been involved with."
Man sentenced to 40 years for molesting baby Alison Dirr USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin May 1, 2017Tweet