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RF man pleads guilty to sexual assault of child

A River Falls man pled guilty Wednesday in Pierce County Circuit Court to first degree sexual assault of child.

Mark A. Campbell, 36, was originally charged with four felonies stemming from a March 25 incident in the city of River Falls: first degree sexual assault of child, incest with child, exposing child to harmful materials and causing children under 13 to view/listen to sexual activities. Those last three charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. He will be sentenced 8:45 a.m. February 8.

A jury trial was initially scheduled earlier this month, but Campbell waived that right and instead a court trial was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday before the agreement was reached.

Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle said as part of the agreement the State will be seeking a sentence of 20 years total, which includes five to seven years confinement plus 13-15 years of extended supervision.

Nonetheless, Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing ordered a pre-sentence investigation (PSI). He explained to Campbell and to everyone that was in court that he's not bound by the State's PSI and that he could sentence Campbell to the maximum for the sexual assault which is 60 years confinement. Wing also ordered Campbell's bond revoked.

Court records show Campbell was found not guilty of child neglect in Pierce County earlier this year and found guilty of disorderly conduct in St. Croix County in 2003.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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