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Supreme Court rules sex offender can be tried as adult for crime committed at age 9



A convicted sex offender in Wisconsin seemed to believe he was off the hook when police learned that he allegedly committed a sexual assault at the age of 9.

Shaun Sanders appealed his conviction to the state Supreme Court, arguing that he couldn’t be punished in court for something that happened before he turned 10.

The high court turned down the now 19-year-old’s appeal.

“In sexual assault cases or homicide, there is no statute of limitations, so those are still possible,” La Crosse County district attorney Tim Gruenke said.

The Waukesha County case was very rare.

“In La Crosse, we very rarely see people under the age of 10 brought in,” Gruenke said. “And even 10 or 11 years old is very rare. But it is possible, theoretically, to be under the age of 10 and be charged with a crime.”

Gruenke added that because the crime wasn’t revealed until Sanders was 19, the courts were still able to try him in adult court.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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