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Pennock man sentenced for sexual assault of young girl

BENSON — A Pennock man was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in the Swift County Jail for sexually assaulting a young girl over a two-year span of time.

Nathan Lee Wersinger, 28, was also placed on 10 years supervised probation and ordered to pay fines and fees of $590.

The sentence, which was handed down by Swift County District Court Judge David Mennis, also requires Wersinger to follow all recommendations of a psychosexual evaluation, complete an adult outpatient sex offender treatment program, have no unsupervised contact with females under the age of 18 and register as a predatory offender.

The court issued a stay of imposition, which means if Wersinger successfully completes the conditions of his release while on probation, the felony charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor.

In September, Wersinger pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.

A charge of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Wersinger sexually touched a young female victim on repeated occasions from 2010 to 2012.

The incidents happened about once a week, usually taking place at his home or at the home of the victim, who was younger than 13 when the assaults began.

The victim told police she didn't like it when Wersinger touched her but was too afraid to report it, the criminal complaint said.

At one point she told an adult relative but was told not to say anything about it.

The assaults stopped after the summer of 2012.

Swift County law enforcement began an investigation in March 2016 after being shown Facebook messages from Wersinger where he admitted to sexually assaulting the child and "apologizing for what he had done to her," according to court documents.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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