April 03, 2012 | 06:04 PMELKHORN — Walworth County Judge John Race sentenced a 30-year-old Lake Geneva man to 13 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls.
Tyrone L. Lipson, formerly of 250 County Club Drive, Unit G, also was sentenced to 10 years of extended supervision and must register as a sex offender.
During the sentencing hearing, Lipson denied ever sexually assaulting the girls..
"I don't like the fact that they made me out to seem like a monster when that's not my character," Lipson said. "My story hasn't changed."
However, Race said he believed the two victims, not Lipson. The girls are now 8- and 11-years-old.
"There is no question that the defendant committed this Crime," he said. "The evidence was so overwhelming that they had to convict."
District Attorney Phillip Koss said Lipson needed to go to prison because he currently is an "untreated sex offender."
Koss asked Race to adopt the presentence investigators recommendation, which was a sentence of between 13 and 16 years.
Defense attorney James Toran asked Race to impose a sentence of between five and seven years in prison, followed by six years of supervision.
During the hearing, Toran raised some concerns he had with the evidence in the case, and said his client is "adamant about the fact that this did not occur."
When Race asked Lipson if he would like to address the court, he responded, "Will it do me any good, sir?"
Race responded that was up to him and his attorney. When Lipson spoke, he denied ever assaulting the girls.
When addressing Race, at times, Lipson began rambling about his past employment and the decisions he made. He also was critical of the trial process.
During the hearing, Lipson's mother and aunt testified on his behalf. Glenda Lipson, who said she is a minister, told the judge she loves her son and that he has always been helpful around the house.
Glenda Lipson said none of her three children have ever had legal problems. Prior to this arrest, Lipson didn't even have a traffic violation.
"They went to school and I never had any problems out of them," she said. "I raised them up at the church."
However, Race told Lipson that he didn't believe him when he testified that he never assault the children.
"I believe (Lipson's) testimony given in court was just a tissue of lies," Race said.