A man who volunteered as a tutor at a Madison middle faculty and constantly propositioned pre-teen women for sex and nude pix turned into sentenced Thursday to seven years of probation, with 12 months to be spent in prison.
Elimelech Medina-Lopez, 20, of Fall River, informed Dane County Circuit Judge Susan Crawford that he made “severe mistakes that I’m no longer happy with” by using propositioning eleven- and 12-yr-old girls who have been college students at Wright Middle School, 1717 Fish Hatchery Road, for whom he was a teach thru the Schools of Hope program with the Madison Urban League.
Crawford replied that Medina-Lopez becomes correct in saying what he did turn into critical and “demanding”. He used his position of authority as the girls’ train to coerce sexual pastime and nude snapshots from them, recorded in social media chat conversations positioned by police.
But it became no mistake, Crawford said. Instead, it was an intentional, concerted marketing campaign of manipulation, inclusive of the risk to withhold his tutoring services if the girls did no longer do as he demanded.
Medina-Lopez turned into at the beginning charged in June with first-diploma sexual assault of a baby after a 12-12 months-vintage girl advised police that he had grabbed her buttocks at college in March 2018. Under a plea settlement in which prosecutors said they might now not be searching for prison time, Medina-Lopez pleaded guilty to inflicting intellectual harm to a toddler, a legal and fourth-degree sexual attack, a misdemeanor.
Telling Medina-Lopez that the nation had given him a spoil, Crawford agreed to impose seven years of probation as advocated with the aid of Assistant District Attorney William Brown and Erik Colque, who represented Medina-Lopez. She agreed with Brown, though, to feature a year in prison as a condition of probation. She stated he might also serve it within the Columbia County Jail.
Medina-Lopez might be listed on the state Sex Offender Registry while he’s on probation.
Brown stated time in jail could galvanize upon Medina-Lopez the seriousness of what he did and might optimistically hold him from doing it once more. He also requested extreme restrictions on Medina-Lopez’s access to the net. Before the net, Brown stated, guys with a sexual interest in kids might discover victims via hanging around outdoor center schools in a white van, handing out candy.
“(The net) is the white van handing out sweet of this age,” Brown stated.
None of the ladies changed into in-court docket Thursday. However, one wrote in a victim effect assertion that when Medina-Lopez touched her at faculty, she had trouble focusing in school and napping; however, she resists getting therapy due to the fact she’s uncomfortable speaking about the scenario.
“I’m scared to have buddies due to the fact they’ll have a dirty mind like him,” she brought.
Colque stated Medina-Lopez is an excessive school graduate who becomes attending Madison College, and although he has been kicked out now, he’s hoping to return to school someday. He had no earlier criminal report.
While Medina-Lopez takes full obligation, Colque said, he no longer fully speaks about his crimes with a nation probation officer writing a pre-sentence record because data may want to have “immigration results” for Medina-Lopez, who came to the U.S. Along with his circle of relatives at age thirteen. He works 50 hours every week at a task, Colque said, and is very worried about his church, which is aware of his case.