Piano teacher sentenced for sexual assault

Jim Widiger (Brown County Jail)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – James Widiger, a former Howard trustee, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a piano student.

A jury previously convicted him of two counts of repeated sexual assault of the same child for incidents with a girl, then 14 years old. He was acquitted of allegations from another student.

At sentencing Tuesday, the girl and her parents testified about the long-lasting impacts of the assaults.

"What happened in the lesson rooms for four years, still impact me today. I still throw myself into my school work but I still have a hard time trusting male teachers and avoid staying with them after school. I used to love listening to piano music, but now I can't listen to it without feeling nervous," the victim said.

Widiger also spoke.

"I realize that in the eyes of this court, I've been found guilty and as such there is a price to be paid," Widiger said. "This has devastated both myself and my wife. We are sticking together on this; she's very supportive of me and it hurts very much to see her going through this."

Judge Timothy Hinkfuss also placed Widiger on extended supervision for 10 years.


Editor's note: A previous version of this story indicated Widiger was convicted of assaulting two students. He was found not guilty in the case of a second student. FOX 11 News regrets the error.

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