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Sex assault suspect reaches plea agreement, gets longer probation than expected



Lenccardo Thompson, left, sits with his attorney at his sentencing on Tuesday before Judge Todd Bjerke

A sexual assault suspect in La Crosse may have expected he would get just a year on probation, if he reached a plea agreement.

But Lenccardo Thompson apparently jeopardized his own agreement by making social media threats to the victim in his most recent case.

Judge Todd Bjerke orders Thompson to spend five years on probation for burglary, and will keep him in the sex offender registry for life.

The sexual assault charge was dismissed as part of the plea.

Bjerke had planned to give Thompson one year on probation, but said Facebook postings in the last few days changed his mind about Thompson’s future.

‘Up until I saw that, and I actually heard from you today, I thought you were doing well. But here you sit today, sort of taking responsibility, but still victim-blaming,’ said Bjerke.,

In court Tuesday, Thompson seemed to blame the victim and her friends for inviting him to a party in 2017, when he was on probation for another crime and wasn’t supposed to drink.

He allegedly broke into the victim’s bedroom after the party and assaulted her, and the woman says she feels ‘let down’ by the court system for letting her attacker avoid a trial, and avoid prison.

Thompson tells a La Crosse judge that he wants to continue with school and get a job.

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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