Sexual assault conviction upheld

Jonathan Gurath
Jonathan Gurath (Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections)

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the conviction of a Fond du Lac County man for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Jonathan Gurath was sentenced to more than 32 years in prison for the multiple counts he was convicted of.

He appealed, challenging his 25-year sentence on the sexual assault count. The circuit denied the motion. On Wednesday, the appeals court also rejected Gurath’s arguments.

“Here, Gurath’s challenge to the circuit court’s sentencing discretion is nothing more than a warmed-over version of his earlier sufficiency of the evidence argument. That is not a valid reason to overturn a presumptively valid sentence. In any event, we are satisfied that the court’s decision had a “rational and explainable basis” and considered appropriate sentencing factors,” the court wrote.

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