Sussex Teenager Accused Of Sexual Assault To Be Sentenced In January

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

The Sussex teenager who pleaded guilty to two felonies stemming from a sexual assault of a six-year-old girl will be sentenced at the end of January, according to the state's criminal court database.

Daniel Koepke, 18, will be sentenced in a Washington County Circuit Court during the afternoon of Jan. 24. 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 earlier this month.

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

Koepke faces up to 12 1/2 years of imprisonment and a $25,000 for the first charge and up to 40 years of imprisonment and a $100,000 fine for the second charge.

The court 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 court recognizes that there is some disagreement regarding who initiated the removal of clothes," said Judge Andrew Gonring during the plea hearing, according to the Sussex Sun. 

Koepke was accused of masturbating in front of the victim and touching her  inappropriately, according to the criminal complaint.

The case drew the attention of the Sussex community during the past few weeks after when it was reveled that the school district was unaware of the court proceedings until Nov. 6.

Koepke stopped attending classes at the high school earlier this after the district "worked out a cooperative arrangement with the individual," according to district spokeswoman Denise Lindberg. 

Koepke's address is also near Woodside Elementary School, causing concern for parents. Woodside Principal James Edmond wrote a letter to parents, saying steps have been taken to address the situation including "extra police patrols have been planned near the school."

The district, according to parents, also made "robocalls" describing the situation and steps being taken by the district.


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