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Man sentenced for Oshkosh sexual assaults

Timothy Cole (Photo courtesy Winnebago Co. Sheriff's Office)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) – Timothy Cole was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison for a pair of sexual assaults.

He previously pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree sexual assault and substantial battery for attacks in August and September of 2016.

Judge Barbara Key sentenced Cole to 25 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision on each of the sexual assaults, to be served consecutively.

In the August 2016 incident, a woman said she left Bottom's Up bar, 702 Oregon St., and as she was walking home a man grabbed her, put his hand over her mouth and told her he had a knife. She said he dragged her to a gravel driveway, threw her down and sexually assaulted her. DNA evidence tied Cole to that crime, prosecutors say, but those test results did not come back until after Cole had been arrested for the Sept. 14 incident.

In the September 2016 incident, the 47-year-old victim told police she sometimes allows people to spend the night in her apartment if they are too drunk to drive home from Witzke's Bar, which is across the street. She said Cole was drunk the night before; she said she felt sorry for him because he told her he was a military veteran and she let him stay at her apartment. While she was changing, she said he tried to have sex with her; she said no, but he forced her down, punched her, choked her and sexually assaulted her. She was able to get a bat from under her bed and started hitting Cole, but he grabbed the bat and told her he would stop if she let go. He then started beating her with the bat, she said. She kicked Cole and ran to another bedroom, barricading the door with a dresser. Eventually, after she believed Cole had left, she started throwing things out the window -- including an unloaded rifle -- to get attention.

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