By Ed Close
Wyoming Newspapers, Inc.
EVANSTON – In a plea agreement in Third District Court, Jerry Brunow of Lyman pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault in the third degree on Jan. 22.
Brunow was originally charged with eight counts of sexual assault of a minor, eight counts of sexual assault of an adoptive child and one count of child abuse.
The alleged crime was shown in court records to have occurred from May 22, 1998 to Aug. 21, 1998. Due to the time the crime was committed, there was no such charge on the books for sexual assault of a minor at that time, so the prosecution used the charge of sexual assault in the third degree instead of the original charges.
In stating the factual basis to the court, Brunow said, “When this happened, I had the victim put her hand on me and move it up and down, and then I rolled over and finished.”
“Why was no period of incarceration requested in the plea agreement?” Judge Dennis L. Sanderson asked Prosecuting Attorney Lara Cooper.
“So she, the victim, can move forward. He needed to step up and take responsibility, so we entered into the plea agreement.” Cooper said.
Brunow was sentenced to not less than three nor more than five years suspended and placed on five years supervised probation. Brunow was also sentenced to a sexual offender evaluation within three months, must register as a sex offender, no contact with any child under the age of 18 years of age, no sexually arousing or stimulating material of any kind, no association with other known sex offenders, and pay $150 to the Crime Victim’s Fund, $10 to indigent services and $10 to the Court Automation Account.For the complete article see the 01-24-2014 issue.
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