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Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault After Backlogged Kit Tested

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Posted at 9:14 PM, Dec 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 22:14:23-05

A man accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl is sentenced to prison.

51-year-old Leroy Whittenberger was sentenced to 25 years in prison on three counts of second-degree sexual assault from 2012.

The victim's sexual assault kit was tested as part of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in 2017.

This is the first conviction and sentencing to result from the testing of backlogged sexual assault kits in Wisconsin.

“As a result of this prosecution, a serial sex offender will be in prison for a long time,” said Attorney General Kaul. “Thank you to many people who worked to get justice in this case.”

According to the DOJ, Whittenberger is a serial sexual offender and has three other sexual assault convictions throughout Wisconsin.

For survivors looking for information about their kit, contact the law enforcement agency where the assault was reported, a local sexual assault service provider, or the DOJ Office of Crime Victim Services at 1-800-446-6564.