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Sex offender receives life

May 03, 2012
ELKHORN — A sex offender who has abused young girls from Texas to Walworth County will spend the rest of his life in prison. On Friday, a Walworth County jury found Chris E. DeMint, 60, guilty of two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. In this case, his victims were 3 and 5 when the assaults began in 2008. The two girls were assaulted for about two years until police arrested DeMint in 2010. DeMint, of Bloomfield, pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to the crimes. That means the jury first had to determine whether DeMint committed the assaults and then had to determine whether he was mentally responsible for his action.
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Man charged for exposing himself in park

May 03, 2012
ELKHORN — Police have arrested a Lake Geneva man after he allegedly exposed himself to a jogger, who was running through Library Park. Police arrested the suspect at the scene after the victim identified him, according to the criminal complaint. Antonio Valdez Becerra, 32, 113 Park Row, has been charged with two misdemeanors. He faces one count of lewd and lascivious behavior for exposure and a count of disorderly conduct.
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Jury trial begins in assault case

May 03, 2012
ELKHORN — A two-part jury trial against a 60-year-old Bloomfield man, who was allegedly molesting two young girls, began Wednesday morning. Chris E. DeMint, of Bloomfield, faces two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child. He pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to both of the charges. During the first part of the trial the jury must determine whether DeMint committed the crimes. During the second part of trial, if the jury deems him guilty, the jury must determine whether DeMint is mentally responsible for his actions.
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