WASHBURN COUNTY — At a hearing on October 7, 2020, the Court sentenced a man on convictions in Washburn County Circuit Court for attempted child sexual assault, and child enticement.
DrydenWire.com reported in July 2019 that Andrew Zochert, formerly of Shell Lake, WI, had been apprehended on multiple felony child sex crime charges.
A criminal complaint filed against Zochert states that he repeatedly attempted to solicit a minor female to send photos of a sexual nature and told the minor female that he wanted to engage in sexual activity with her. The complaint also states that on at least one occasion Zochert had sexual contact with the minor female while he was intoxicated.
Zochert was charged with 2 counts of Class C Felony Sexual Assault of a Child Under 16 Years of Age; Class C Felony Use of a Computer to Facilitate a Child Sex Crime; Class D Felony Child Enticement; and Class D Felony Solicitation of Possession of Child Pornography.
Online circuit court records show that at a hearing in July 2020 Zochert entered pleas of Guilty to amended charges of Class G Felony Attempt 3rd Degree Sexual Assault; and Class D Felony Child Enticement-Expose Genitals/Pubic Area/Intimate Parts. The Court accepted Zochert’s pleas and found him guilty. The remaining charges filed against Zochert were dismissed but read in.
At a hearing on October 7, 2020, Zochert appeared for a sentencing hearing. The Court heard statements from the victim’s father and mother. Washburn County District Attorney Marcoux spoke to the Court, recommending a prison sentence for Zochert, according to online circuit court records.
The Court ordered a sentence of 3 years probation with 1 year in county jail for the conviction of Class G Felony Attempt 3rd Degree Sexual Assault and a sentence of 5 years probation with 1-year county jail for the conviction of Class D Felony Child Enticement-Expose Genitals/Pubic Area/Intimate Parts. Online circuit court records indicate that Zochert’s sentences are to be served concurrently.
Zochert was ordered to serve the first 6 months confined in county jail, and was granted Huber work release for the second 6 months; with a provision that he may serve the second 6 months in another county as long as there is no cost of Washburn County.
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Conditions of probation prohibit Zochert from having any contact with the victim or her family; or coming within 300 yards of their address or having any contact with minor females under the age of 16 years of age, unless immediate family.
Zochert is also prohibited from consuming any alcohol or consuming or possessing any controlled substances. The Court also ordered Zochert to continue with counseling, undergo alcohol and other drug assessment, and comply with any and all other conditions the Department of Corrections imposes.
In addition, Zochert must register as a sex offender for 15 years.