January 11, 2013 | 02:30 PMELKHORN — A 35-year-old man who molested a toddler in a Whitewater apartment was sentenced to 10 years in a state prison.
Scott L. Anderson was convicted during a November jury trial of first-degree child sexual assault.
On Jan. 11, Judge John Race also sentenced Anderson to 10 years of extended supervision. He will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube asked for a 15-year prison sentence followed by 10 years of extended supervision.
"She is truly the most innocent of victims," Grube said of the 2-year-old Anderson sexually assaulted. "She is completely unable to protect herself, and she is completely vulnerable."
Grube said Anderson's employment history was also troubling. He has worked as a babysitter, a carnival ride operator and a teacher's aide for children with special needs.
Defense Attorney Joshua Klaff asked for probation with conditional time in the county jail.
Anderson has a low IQ, is borderline cognitively disabled and suffers from several mental health disorders, Klaff said.
When given a chance to speak, Anderson apologized but didn't say much.
"I'm very sorry," Anderson said. "I feel horribly bad for the mother and the child."
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