A New Lisbon man was found guilty of first degree sexual assault of a child during sentencing on Aug. 21 at the Juneau County Justice Center.
Amos G. Day, 34, pled guilty to having sexual contact with a child under the age of 13, a class B felony. Day will serve a 20-year sentence; 11 years initial confinement and nine years extended supervision. Day faced nine additional charges that were dismissed due to the plea deal.
In all, Day faced four sexual assault charges, along with six other sexually related charges. Day’s charges stem from several incidents between 2013-14.
According to Juneau County Assistant District Attorney Jake Westman, the prosecutor in the case, Day’s confession, combined with the court’s desire not to proceed to trial led to the plea deal. The court decided not to put the victim through a jury trial where she would have to take the witness stand and deliver a painful testimony.
“It was decided, that in the best interest of the family, not to put the child through a trial. She would have had to testify and that would have been very difficult for an 11-year-old child,” Westman said. “He pled guilty to it and took responsibility for it and will now face punishment for what he did.”
Westman said Day’s guilty plea brings at least some closure to the victim and her family.
“Now the family can hopefully get back to their lives,” Westman said. “It’s best to try and recover from something like this without going to trial. He is off the streets now and that’s the best that we can do for the family.”
Day also faces restitution prohibitions including no contact with anyone under 18 years old unless approved by an agent or treatment providers including work, parks, etc. He’s also not to possess or use any computer, cell phone, tablet or any device capable of an internet connection that may access pornographic materials. He’s not to possess, purchase or view pornographic materials of any kind and to have no contact with the victim or her family.
Day also has to register as a sex offender, complete a sex offender assessment and any follow-up. He also has to complete a domestic abuse assessment and follow-up. In addition, 25 percent of any wages Day earns while incarcerated will be applied to restitution. It’s likely Day will serve the full-length of his prison term.
“Since he pled guilty, there’s very little chance of an appeal,” Westman said.