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MADISON - Stephen H. Kohl, 59, was sentenced yesterday in Clark County Circuit Court on four counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and one count of Bail Jumping, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today.
Judge Jon M. Counsell, who presided over yesterday's hearing, sentenced Kohl to two consecutive twenty year indeterminate terms of imprisonment on the sexual assault charges, to be followed by 10 years probation. In addition, he sentenced Kohl to 4 years imprisonment on the bail jumping charge, consisting of 3 years of initial confinement to be followed by 1 year of extended supervision.
Kohl was found guilty of the Sexual Assault Charges on January 17, 2008, after a three day jury trial. He entered a plea of guilty yesterday to the bail jumping charge.
At trial, witnesses testified that in 1996, Kohl had sexual contact on four separate occasions with two eight-year old girls who were visiting his home. Several other witnesses testified that Kohl had sexually assaulted them in a similar manner years earlier when they were children. Kohl was charged with bail jumping after he fled Clark County last June just before the previously scheduled trial date on the sexual assault charges. He was apprehended three months later by the Clark County Sheriff's Department.
The cases were investigated by the Marshfield Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff's Department. The prosecution was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Barbara Oswald and Erik Kinnunen as special prosecutors for Clark County.