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Minocqua man pleads guilty sexual assault of child

September 27, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

A Minocqua man opted to represent himself for at least part of the multiple cases against him Tuesday in Oneida County Circuit Court and pled guilty to charges he had sex with a child earlier this year. 

Anthony J. LaRose, 34, was taken into custody this spring after the female victim told an adult he had given her drugs and assaulted her on numerous occasions for several years. The child told medical staff and family she was given the “smoke” to “calm down” prior to some of the incidents, even though she told him “no,” according to court complaints.

LaRose has been defended by attorney Elizabeth Svehlek in the sex assault case. When questioned on his actions prior to arrest, he had admitted to them and apologized, the complaint reads.

Tuesday before Judge Patrick O’Melia, LaRose pled guilty to an amended charge of first degree sexual assault, felony B (intercourse with a child under 12). 

With no qualified public defender on the contempt charge, which came after his arrest, LaRose opted to represent himself, also pleading guilty. That charge arose after LaRose called the victim’s mother, violating a no contact provision. 

On additional felony charges of strangulation/suffocation and battery by prisoners and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct — which stemmed from an incident in July where he got into a fight with a fellow jailed individual after that person told him he didn’t “… respect child molesters.” Those charges were dismissed and will be read into the record for sentencing purposes. 

A citation violation of disorderly conduct/cause a disturbance was dismissed. 

O’Melia found LaRose guilty. While prosecutor Mary Sowinski noted there was no need for pre-sentence investigation prior to sentencing, and Svehlek agreed, O’Melia ordered one before that Dec. 12 court date.

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