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72-year-old Buffalo County man sent to prison for child sex offenses

ALMA — A 72-year-old rural Mondovi, Wis., man with a 20-year history of committing sexual offenses against children in Buffalo County was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.

Judge Rian W. Radtke ordered Robert J. Bauer to pay more than $5,000 in costs and restitution and spend 15 years on extended probationary supervision once released from jail.

Bauer pleaded guilty to three felony charges of repeated sexual assault of a child and enticement of a child for sexual reasons.

Charges of exposing intimate parts to a child and three counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child were dismissed as part of a plea agreement settled in Buffalo County Circuit Court.

Complaints based on extensive investigations were filed against Bauer describing cases of sexual assault and molestation of as many as four girls since the 1990s, the most recent a 7-year-old assaulted several times in 2017.

In one instance, complaints said Bauer lured the 7-year-old to a hunting shack in rural Gilmanton, and in 2001, repeatedly molested and sexually abused a child for several years beginning when the girl was 7.

Records said Bauer repeatedly assaulted a 14-year-old over the course of a year in the 1990s and assaulted a 14-year-old baby sitter in 1995.

Bauer was ordered to have no contact, directly or indirectly, either in person or in writing or by telephone, with any of the victims or their immediate family members. And no contact with females younger than 18 unless expressly authorized by his supervising probation agent.

Ratke ruled that Bauer be registered as a sex offender for 15 years and instructed the state Department of Corrections to place Bauer in a sex offender treatment program with inmate counseling services.

If released on supervision, Bauer must participate — to the best of his ability — in volunteer work, employment, education or training. If out on supervision, Bauer is banned from consuming or possessing alcohol, entering bars or taverns or using other substances without a prescription.

The case was prosecuted by Buffalo County District Attorney Tom Clark.

Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press 

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