Monday, October 4, 2010

WI - Judge Orders Sex Offender to Wear Shock Belt at Trial

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Due to a courtroom outburst last Friday in Outagamie County, a judge orders a convicted sex offender to wear an electric shock belt during his trial, which starts Tuesday.

[name withheld], 45, faces several first-degree child sexual assault charges as a repeat offender.

Police say he molested a six-year-old girl behind the Northern Inn Motel in Grand Chute back in May. Police say [name withheld] admitted talking to the victim but denies assaulting her, and says he saw another person commit the crime.

During a status conference last Friday, [name withheld] became disruptive and made possible threats against the judge.

The shock belt is worn under a shirt and releases up to 70,000 volts of electricity for five to eight seconds when triggered.

Authorities say the shock belt is rarely used. The sheriff's department says the last time it recalls having to use the belt was in 2000 during [name withheld]'s murder trial.

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