Monroe County jury convicts man of sexual assault of child, incest

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — A Monroe County jury convicted 63-year-old Bruce E. Smith Thursday of one count of first-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of incest with a child.

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The charges involve incidents in 1990, 1991 or 1992, said Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger.
After a two-day trial, the jury deliberated for about two hours before reaching the verdict.
“The jury’s verdict in this case sends a strong message that, no matter when the crime occurred, no perpetrator will be allowed to escape accountability for their crimes,” Croninger said.
Croninger praised the work of Detective John Brose of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in leading the investigation and his own staff in preparing the case for prosecution.
“While investigating and prosecuting cases which occurred more than two decades ago can be very difficult, I am extremely proud of the work law enforcement and members of my office did in bringing this case before the jury and achieving an outcome that achieves justice for the victim of these crimes,” he said.
“I was also exceptionally impressed with the poise and strength of the victim throughout the entire process. Without her poise and strength, Mr. Smith would
not have been convicted,” Croninger said.
Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Todd Ziegler, who
presided over the case, revoked Smith’s bond and remanded him to custody pending sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 20.