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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 44-year-old Colfax man has been found guilty by a Dunn County jury on two felony counts related to the first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12.
A 12-person jury found Jobert L. Molde guilty following a two-day jury trial in Dunn County Circuit Court on March 18 and 19.
The sexual assault occurred in the Village of Colfax, and Colfax Police Chief William Anderson was called to testify on the second day of the trial.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told investigators that Molde had sexual intercourse with her. The victim would have been younger than 10 years old at the time, and investigators believe the assault would have happened between January of 2011 and January of 2012.
Molde made an initial appearance on the charges in Dunn County Circuit Court January 31, 2017.
The girl had reported to authorities earlier in January of 2017 that she had been sexually assaulted.
According to the criminal complaint, the Dunn County district attorney’s office will be seeking to place Molde on lifetime supervision as a serious sex offender.
Count 1 of the criminal complaint is a Class B felony and carries a penalty of a prison sentence of up to 60 years.
The district attorney also is seeking to invoke the provisions of Wisconsin state statute 939.616(1r) and (3) to have the court impose a bifurcated sentence that will be at least 25 years.
Count 2 is a Class C felony, which carries a penalty of a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to 40 years.
Judge Rod Smeltzer set a cash bail of $10,000 on January 24, 2017, and ordered Molde to have no contact with anyone under the age of 18 unless an adult was supervising.
Molde posted the $10,000 cash bail February 3, 2017.
Following a poll on March 19 of the jurors on both counts, Judge Smeltzer remanded Molde into custody and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court June 25 at 3 p.m. and is expected to last for the rest of the day.