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Crandon man sentenced in day care sex case

CRANDON (WAOW) - A 39-year-old Crandon man was sentenced Tuesday to 11.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting or exposing himself to children who were being cared for at his mother's day care center, according to Forest County online court records.

William J. Anderson was convicted of five felonies - one count of repeated sexual assault of a child and four counts of exposing his genitals or pubic areas to children - in a plea bargain in which another felony count of sexual assault of a child was dismissed, the online records said.

Anderson had been charged in mid-September in incidents that happened between January and Sept. 11 involving victims ranging in age from four to six, the criminal complaint said.

Circuit Judge James Habeck ordered that Anderson serve 12 years on extended supervision when he is released from prison.

The judge also sentenced Anderson to write a letter of apology to the victims and their families, online records said. Anderson received credit for 161 days already spent in jail.

Anderson told investigators that his mother had operated the day care for about 10 years and that he occasionally watched "the kids" while his mother would run to the bank, the complaint said.

Anderson, who had worked at a grocery store before he was arrested, read a short statement Tuesday, telling the judge he was sorry, District Attorney Chuck Simono said.

We are confident we have covered all the victims but there could have been hundreds,” the prosecutor said.

Investigators interviewed the children of 40 families who have used the day care center in the past two years, Simono said.

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