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by LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A Boyceville man and a former Boyceville man have been found guilty in Dunn County Circuit Court of charges related to the sexual assault of a mentally ill victim.
Allen E. Baker II of Boyceville appeared with his attorney, Francis Xavier Rivard, before Judge Christina Mayer for a plea hearing May 24.
Baker, age 42, was charged with two felony counts of intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse, causing bodily harm, and two felony counts of second degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim, with the modifier as a party to a crime.
Baker pleaded “no contest” to the first two counts, and Judge Mayer accepted his plea and found him guilty.
The second two counts were dismissed but will be read into the record for sentencing.
Judge Mayer ordered a pre-sentence investigation (PSI), and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 2 at 2 p.m.
A jury trial had previously been scheduled in the Baker case.
Robert C. Parks, age 52, appeared before Judge Mayer with his attorney, Jonathan Bradley Lundeen, for a plea hearing on May 23.
Parks was charged with four felony counts of the second degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim.
Parks pleaded “no contest” to the first count, and Judge Mayer accepted his plea and found him guilty.
The judge dismissed the other three counts and ordered them read into the record for sentencing.
Parks also was charged in two separate cases on one felony count of possessing or distributing or exhibiting an intimate representation and one felony count of child enticement/exposing genitals.
Judge Mayer also dismissed those counts, but they also will be read into the record for sentencing.
Judge Mayer ordered a PSI for Parks, and a sentencing hearing is scheduled July 26 at 10:15 a.m.
A jury trial had previously been scheduled in the Parks case.
According to the criminal complaint, medical professionals have indicated that the victim is a vulnerable adult who is incapable of protecting herself, and the victim has reported she is having trouble sleeping and is experiencing nightmares about the incidents.
During an interview, the victim said she had told Parks he was hurting her.
When the forensic interviewer at the Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center asked questions, the victim said she was trying to talk about the incidents but that “her body was shutting down,” according to the complaint.
Investigators asked the girl’s psychologist about her ability to discern other’s motives and actions, and the psychologist said the victim has a permanent deficiency that makes her incapable of appraising someone’s conduct, the complaint states.
During an interview with investigators, Baker said he did not see any disabilities in the victim “except the ones that put her down.”
During an interview with investigators, Parks said the victim “has problems reading and stuff,” according to the complaint.
Second degree sexual assault of a mentally victim as a party to a crime and sexual degree sexual assault of a mentally ill victim are Class C felonies that carry a potential penalty, upon conviction, of a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 40 years in prison.