Sussex man sentenced after groping girl
Convicted sex offender Daniel Koepke will spend another year in prison and an additional two years under extended supervision after pleading no contest in September to groping an underage Sussex girl.
Judge Donald Hassin Jr. said at the sentencing on Thursday, Oct. 31, that Koepke's "job" in prison was to learn society's boundaries and how to follow them.
"There is no doubt that you have opportunities in other aspects of your life to be an achiever, to make a positive impact in the community," Hassin said about the 18-year-old, who had hopes of attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering on a $40,000 scholarship.
Koepke was charged in February with second-degree sex assault after being accused of groping a friend's sister during a sleepover. The incident took place in the Village of Sussex sometime between 2010 and 2011, when the girl was 12 or 13 years old. He pleaded no contest to attempted second-degree sex assault on Aug. 29.
Koepke is currently serving a 22-month prison sentence, with an additional five years of extended supervision to follow, after being convicted last November in Washington County of incest with a child and causing a child to view a sex act. In that case, he was accused of exposing himself to his 5-year-old cousin and masturbating on her bed during the summer of 2012.
The time line of the two crimes played a significant role in the prosecutor's sentencing recommendation, Assistant District Attorney Sue Opper said.
"He had apologized to [the victim] and had admitted, the same thing reflected in the [pre-sentencing investigation], that he apologized to her, knew it was wrong, and then was involved in that second incident," she said.
Opper said the District Attorney's Office would leave it up to the judge to determine the time served, but asked that it be served consecutive to his current sentence. Opper also requested that Koepke be restricted from living near schools after his release, reflecting community concerns about Koepke living with his mother on Majestic Heights Trail, less than half a mile from Woodside Elementary School.
Koepke's mother said in a statement to the court that she expects to lose her home to foreclosure, and was working with village administrators and police to find a new house that is a reasonable distance from any schools or parks.
She described her son as kind and considerate, "the son that every parent would want."
"We have never had to tell him to take out the trash or empty out the dishwasher; he did it automatically," she said.
Koepke said in his own defense that his actions were "inappropriate" and he hoped that the incident did not have any long-lasting effect on the victim.
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