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Former Waupaca Man Sentenced in 1990 Rape Case

 

Glendon G. Gouker Pleads Guilty to First Degree Sexual Assault in Waupaca County

 

MADISON — As part of a joint, cold case investigation into a 1992 double homicide, Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today Glendon C. Gouker (DOB 04/20/71), has been sentenced to 25 years in prison (consecutive to four life sentences plus 70 years being served in Oklahoma) for his conviction on a charge of First Degree Sexual Assault for an incident occurring on November 5, 1990.

 

“I’m thankful for all of the outstanding investigators who work to solve cold cases and work to understand how to employ the current technologies.  The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office will continue to work with its partners in law enforcement to ensure justice is served for the benefit of all victims,” Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said.   

 

“Cases like this one ought to send a message to criminals who may think they’ve escaped justice with the passage of time,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Through ongoing advancements in investigative technologies, such as DNA analysis, law enforcement is solving cold cases and holding violent offenders accountable. I congratulate the many investigators who’ve worked relentlessly to solve this horrific crime.”

 

According to the Criminal Complaint, on the evening of November 5, 1990, Gouker, while wearing a mask, forcefully took a 20-year-old woman to Taylor Field Park in the Village of Iola, where he had sexual contact with her, against her will, and threatened her. Gouker said to the victim, according to the complaint, “I’m just doing my job; I got paid to do this.” A September 2011 report from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab on DNA analysis of evidence re-submitted to the Lab from the sexual assault evidence collection kit indicated Gouker as a contributor to DNA found in the kit.

 

Gouker, who’s currently incarcerated in Oklahoma with a sentence of life without parole, was earlier charged in Waupaca County with one count of First Degree Sexual Assault -- Concealing Identity, a felony.

 

Gouker was sentenced to the maximum term he could have received by Waupaca County Circuit Court Judge John Hoffmann. Wisconsin Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gabrysiak served as special prosecutor in this matter.