Waupaca man is first sentenced from testing of backlogged sex assault kits

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Photo: Waupaca County Jail(WBAY)
Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 6:17 PM CST
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A 2012 sexual assault in New London is the first case to net a conviction and a prison sentence due to the testing of backlogged sexual assault kits.

Leroy Whittenberger was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 15 years under state extended supervision.

A Waupaca County jury found Whittenberger guilty of three counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Whittenberger assaulted a teen in New London in July 2012. The victim's sexual assault kit went untested for years due to a backlog at the state crime lab.

After testing of backlogged evidence tied Whittenberger to the crime, he was tried in Waupaca County. A jury found him guilty of three counts of second-degree sexual assault.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice calls Whittenberger a "serial sexual offender." He was three previous sexual assault convictions in Lincoln and Marathon counties.

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