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Sussex Teen Sentenced to 22 Months for Sexual Assault

Daniel Koepke, 18, will spend the rest of his teenage years in prison after sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl while babysitting.

The Sussex teenager who pleaded guilty to two felonies stemming from a sexual assault of a six-year-old girl was sentenced on Jan. 24 to 22 months in prison with an additional five years of extended supervision.

Daniel Koepke, 18, Koepke was found guilty of one count of causing a child under 13 to view or listen to sexual activity and one count of incest in November in Washington County Circuit Court.

Even though the presentence report recommended no jail time, the judge sentenced Koepke to confinement for "the remainder of his teen years," reported the Sussex Sun.

Koepke will submit DNA samples, register on the sex offender database and seek out treatment in jail or in the community.

He is prohibited to have any contact with the victim and her immediate family, and cannot have contact with any females under the age of 18 without supervision.

Koepke has yet to be entered into the state's sex offender database, according to a check of the database on Tuesday.

The mother of the victim said that her daughter only draws pictures of herself crying with big black X marks covering her private parts, reported the Sussex Sun.

The court had ordered a felony charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child and a felony charge exposing genitals or pubic area to be dismissed but read in to the record. 

The case drew the attention of the Sussex community during the past few weeks after it was revealed that the Hamilton School District was unaware of the court proceedings until Nov. 6.

School district officials sent a letter to Woodside Elementary School parents in November informing them that a teenager — Koepke — accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl, lived near their school. 

Michele k January 30, 2013 at 01:23 AM
where did all the comments go?
J January 30, 2013 at 04:41 AM
22 months is not nearly enough of a punishment, for what he did to an innocent 5 year old girl. I don't care if he spends "the rest of his teen years" in prison. He deserves more of a punishment. By the way, his family lives right next to Woodside Elementary. I pray that he doesn't return, after his release.
J January 30, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Comments were removed from the article on Fox.com, too. Why?
BigD January 30, 2013 at 06:31 PM
Cause this is a crap sentence for what this creep did.... I suspect those comments were echoing that.... he should be supervised for life.... these creeps don't change, they just hide it better....he has damaged a little girl for life...

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