SPARTA — Michael Dewey robbed two young boys of their innocence and dignity after years of subjecting them to sexual abuse.
“What he couldn’t rob them of was their voices,” Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger said Friday. “They came into this courtroom and spoke about the vile and reprehensible things he did to them.”
Dewey, 38, repeatedly and brutally assaulted the boys, sometimes after the threat of violence, Croninger said. Dewey earned and deserved the maximum 670-year prison sentence, he said.
“I don’t think Mr. Dewey could have committed a more serious offense, other than if he killed (the victims),” Croninger said.
Calling it one of the most difficult cases he has presided over, Circuit Judge Todd Ziegler sentenced Dewey to 220 years in prison and 88 years on extended supervision.
“Mr. Dewey is clearly a predator,” Ziegler said. “The trauma that he has caused them, there’s no quantification for that. This is something that, unfortunately, will have lifelong impacts on them.”
A jury on April 14, after a four-day trial and seven hours of deliberations, convicted Dewey of 36 sex offenses, including multiple counts each of sexual assault, exposure and child enticement.
Dewey, of Elroy, denies the conduct and plans to appeal the convictions. He did not react to the sentence or make a statement to the court.
The father of one of the victims told the judge that Dewey stole from the boys their childhood and their happiness.
“I’m begging, pleading, Mr. Dewey doesn’t get the chance to see the outside world again,” he said.
The public desperately needs protection from Dewey, a sociopath who won’t accept responsibility for his conduct, Croninger said.
“If given the opportunity to reoffend, he will reoffend,” he said.
Croninger praised the victims for their courage in the courtroom and said a maximum sentence reassures them and all other rape victims who haven’t found their voices that the system won’t tolerate sexual predators.
Defense attorney Thomas Rhodes called a maximum sentence “absurd” during his brief argument and asked Dewey serve 30 years in prison.
Dewey won’t accept responsibility and makes excuses for his conduct, which includes a prior sex offense, Ziegler said.
“There’s nothing to suggest that Mr. Dewey is going to change,” Ziegler said. “It’s hard to find a case where there is more of a need to protect the public.”