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Judge gives 6 years to La Crosse man who brainwashed; assaulted minor

The man used religion to control her

Judge gives 6 years to La Crosse man who brainwashed; assaulted minor

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A La Crosse man who repeatedly sexually assaulted a minor and used religion to brainwash her was sentenced Tuesday.

Jonathan Hart, 47, was sentenced to 6 years in prison and 4 years extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, Hart told the girl they were meant to be together in God's eyes.

The minor told police he proposed to her and told her they were married and used the Bible to get his way.

The girl had a room and bed at his house and told police they had intercourse numerous times over a period of a year.

A Pastor reported the abuse after the girl disclosed the information to him in June 2015.


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