Appleton attorney gets 30 years in sexual assault case

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APPLETON – An Appleton attorney convicted of sexually assaulting and strangling his wife multiple times for more than a year, will spend at least 30 years in prison and 10 years on supervised release.

David Dudas, 49, was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Outagamie County court. Dudas was convicted in April on 30 of the 31 charges filed against him.

Wednesday’s sentencing hearing comes one year and three days since Dudas’ wife, Jill, was found bloodied and bruised by her sons in their Town of Dale home.

"I loved him with all of me – he buried all of me," beneath emotional and physical pain, Jill Dudas told Judge Tammy Jo Hock.

"Because of this monster, the scars on my face, my body and on my soul will live forever. Our lives are forever altered.”

David Dudas was convicted earlier this year of raping, beating and strangling his wife. He sat emotionless throughout the hearing – even as his two eldest sons also spoke against him.

"I'm going to end with this statement, my father once said ‘my sons are better than me,’ and he was absolutely right," said Jill and David Dudas’ oldest son, who is also named David.

Court documents say the assaults went on for more than a year and some were recorded by David Dudas. The graphic videos were shown to the jury as evidence of Jill Dudas' life under her own roof.

"She wanted people to know this wasn't just once,” said Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider. “And she wanted them to know how hard it was; even with all the humiliation and embarrassment, she wanted them to know, everyone to hear her voice and for the defendant to be held accountable."

But when it was Dudas’ time to speak, he declined Judge Hock’s offer.

“No, your honor,” Dudas said.

Hock agreed with the state's request of a significant time behind bars, based on his conviction and continued denial of involvement.

"This type of behavior is something that cannot be tolerated in our community," said Hock.

Hock was brought in from Brown County to preside over the case because of David Dudas' law practice in Outagamie County. His law license has since been suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Dudas' attorney, Stephen Hurley, argued the state's sentencing request was more about retribution than punishment.

"While the emotional response of fear seems to be understandable, it is not a basis on which to carve out a sentence,” Hurley said.

Hurley requested 6½ years in prison for his client. He declined to comment after the hearing.