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Oshkosh man convicted of child abuse gets 20 years

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A former Oshkosh official convicted of sexually assaulting a child has been sentenced to the maximum 20 years in prison.

Thirty-nine-year-old Kent V. Monte pleaded no contest to repeatedly sexually assaulting a child. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to seek a sentence Friday of no more than seven years.

But Winnebago County Judge Scott Woldt said Monte deserved the maximum penalty, adding, “You’re lucky I couldn’t give you more.”

The Oshkosh Northwestern says Monte is a former member of the Oshkosh Plan Commission and a former candidate for the city’s Common Council. Prosecutors say he engaged in repeated sexual contact with a girl for three years starting when she was 11.

A message left with Monte’s attorney Saturday was not immediately returned.

Information from: Oshkosh Northwestern, http://www.thenorthwestern.com

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