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APPLETON, Wis.
— A man who claimed his 3-year-old daughter initiated sexual contact with him in 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 12 years in prison after a judge ordered he remain behind bars long enough for his child to grow up without being re-victimized. The 39-year-old man also was sentenced to eight years of extended supervision and ordered to have no contact with the girl or minors without prior approval. In June 2013, he pleaded no contest to first-degree child sex assault, a felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison. “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,” Outagamie County Judge Mitchell Metropulos said. “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).” More