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February 26, 2020

12/17/2019 7:28:00 AM
Minocqua man sentenced to prison in child sex assault case
Abigail Bostwick
of the Lakeland Times

A Minocqua man will spend more than 20 years in Wisconsin State Prison after being convicted Thursday, Dec. 12 in Oneida County Circuit Court of first degree sexual assault of a child.

Anthony J. LaRose, 34, pled guilty earlier this year to an amended charge of felony first degree sexual assault, intercourse with a child under 12. This followed his spring arrest after the female victim told a family member LaRose had given her drugs and assaulted her on numerous occasions over a period of several years.

The child informed responding medical staff and family she was given "smoke" to "calm down" before some of the incidents, even though she told him "no," according to the criminal complaint.

When questioned by officers, LaRose admitted his actions and apologized, the complaint further states.

While in jail awaiting trial or sentencing, LaRose was also charged with contempt of court - for contacting the victim's mother, a direct violation of a no contact order.

Also during his time at the Oneida County Jail, LaRose was charged with felony strangulation/suffocation and battery by prisoners and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct. That incident involved LaRose fighting with another inmate after that person told him he didn't "...respect child molesters," according to court records.

Judge Patrick O'Melia sentenced LaRose to 45 years in prison for the sexual assault, to run concurrent with the contempt charge. That will include 25 years initial confinement and 20 years extended supervision. He will receive more than 240 days credit for his time spent in county jail.

The parents of the victim did not make comments before the court, but they did send a letter that was sealed after the judge read it.

A citation violation of disorderly conduct/cause a disturbance was dismissed.

Additionally, as part of his sentence, LaRose must submit a DNA sample, and undergo any counseling deemed appropriate by his probation officer. He is not eligible for the substance abuse nor Challenge Incarceration Program.

On the contempt charge, LaRose was given one year county jail, concurrent to his prison term. Over the last several years, LaRose has been convicted of several domestic abuse related disorderly conduct charges, also in Oneida County.

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