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SAWYER COUNTY -- Sawyer County Judge John Yackel has ordered a sentence of 60 years for a man convicted of Repeated Sexual Assault of Child and Child Enticement-Sexual Contact.

At a hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court on October 25, 2018, Judge Yackel sentenced Jeffrey Froemel who was found guilty at Jury Trial on August 23, 2018.

Froemel was charged after law enforcement investigated a report that over a period of years, from 2005 through 2010, on multiple occasions Froemel had sexually assaulted a child born in 2000.

At the time of assaults, the child would have been between the ages of 5 and 9 years old. The criminal complaint filed against Froemel stated that he took nude photographs of the child, made her take showers with him and made her touch his genitals.

According to online circuit court records, at the hearing on October 25, 2018, the Sawyer County District Attorney recommended a sentence of 40 to 50 years divided up as 25 to 30 years initial incarceration followed by 15 to 20 years of extended supervision.

Defense counsel for Froemel argued for 3 years of confinement to be followed by 5 years of extended supervision, with credit given for 752 days served.

Judge Yackel ordered a 60-year sentence for Froemel on his conviction of Repeated Sexual Assault of Child; 40 years initial confinement in state prison followed by 20 years of extended supervision. Regarding Froemel’s conviction of Child Enticement-Sexual Contact, Judge Yackel ordered a 25-year sentence; 15 years initial confinement followed by 10 years of extended supervision. These sentences are to be served concurrently.

Froemel was ordered to comply with the Sex Offender Registry, maintain absolute sobriety and comply with any programming recommended by the Department of Corrections. He is prohibited from having any contact with minors without approval by his parole agent.


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Sawyer County Jury Finds Man Guilty In Sexual Assault of Child Case

SAWYER COUNTY — A Sawyer County Jury has found a man has guilty of child sexual assault charges.

Jeffrey Froemel was found guilty of Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of Same Child (3 or more 1st Degree Acts) and Class D Felony Child Enticement-Sexual Contact in Sawyer County Circuit Court on August 23, 2018, by a Jury of his peers.

Froemel was charged following an investigation by the Lac Court Oreilles (LCO) Police Department and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department into a report that was received stating that over a period of years, from 2005 through 2010, on multiple occasions Froemel had sexually assaulted a child born in 2000.

The criminal complaint filed against Froemel stated that he sexually assaulted a child between the ages of 5 and 9 on multiple occasions including taking nude photographs of her, making her take showers with him, and making her touch his private parts.

Online circuit court records show that the Jury deliberated for just over 30 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict on both charges.

Froemel is scheduled to be sentenced in October 2018 on his convictions.


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Trial Scheduled for Man Charged with Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child

SAYWER COUNTY — A man charged in Sawyer County Circuit Court with Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and Felony Child Enticement is scheduled to have a Jury Trial on his charges.

Charges were filed against Jeffrey Froemel in October 2016 following an investigation by the Lac Court Oreilles (LCO) Police Department and the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department into a report that was received stating that over a period of years, from 2005 through 2010, on multiple occasions Froemel had sexually assaulted a child born in 2000.

According to the criminal complaint, in September 2014, law enforcement received a report from Child Protective Services regarding a child born in 2000 who was stating that over a period of time when the child was between the ages of 5 and 9 Froemel had contact with her and sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions.

The child victim stated that Froemel would touch her private parts, made her touch his private parts, made her watch p*rnographic videos on DVD, took Polaroid photographs of her while she was unclothed, made her take showers with him, and told her that when she was 18 they were going to get married. Froemel also told the child victim that all girls do these same things and that this was normal. She also stated that he would buy her anything she wanted during this time frame, as long as she cooperated with his wishes. In addition, he told the child victim that if she told anyone, he would hurt her family.

The child victim provided a lengthy detailed statement during a forensic interview, describing a time when Froemel took her to an abandoned house which was dusty and had a couch in it. She went on to describe another occasion when Froemel took her out of the bed she was sleeping in and took her downstairs in the residence where he proceeded to undress her and take pictures of her. The child victim also described an incident when another person was actually in another room of the residence, and Froemel sexually assaulted her on a couch in the living room.

The criminal complaint goes on to state that officers interviewed adults associated with the family of the child victim as well as associates of Froemel. A statement was received by a female witness who described an occasion when Froemel stayed at her residence when the child victim was also staying there. The witness caught Froemel standing over the child victim while she was sleeping and Froemel was masturbating while touching the child victim’s foot. She believed the child victim was around age 10 at the time of that incident. The witness said she told Froemel to get out.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement located documentation confirming that the child was listed as a resident of the home during the time frame she described in her interview, as well as records confirming that the abandoned house the child victim described was unoccupied during the time frame she referenced.

The criminal complaint was filed October 3, 2016, along with a warrant for Froemel, who was in custody at the Oak Hill Correctional Institute in Oregon, WI, at the time. The Wisconsin Department of Corrections website indicates that Froemel was released on October 4 and on October 5, 2016, he appeared for a bail bond hearing in Sawyer County Circuit Court regarding his new criminal charges. Froemel on a $25,000 cash bail bond at that time.

The maximum penalty for a conviction of Class B Felony Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child is imprisonment not to exceed 60 years. For a conviction of Class D Felony Child Enticement, the maximum penalty is imprisonment for not more than 25 years, a maximum fine of $100,000, or both.

Online circuit court records indicate that Froemel has multiple prior criminal convictions including Battery, Failure to Report to Jail, Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Trespass to Dwelling, Possession of Marijuana, Operating While Intoxicated (5th or 6th Offense), Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, and Failure to Pay Child Support.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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