"RACINE — A Mount Pleasant man inked a plea agreement on Tuesday, seven months after he was accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl he met online.
"During a plea hearing on Tuesday, Salvador Q. Escobedo, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child. The plea deal means Escobedo faces potentially more time behind bars than he has been alive, and his defense attorney, Patrick Cafferty, said he would have to register as a sex offender for life after he is sentenced this summer.
"The charge is punishable by a maximum of 25 years behind bars and up to 15 years on extended supervision. But as part of the plea agreement, Racine County Assistant District Attorney Dirk Jensen said he will recommend that Escobedo be sentenced to whatever amount of time is proposed by a Wisconsin Department of Corrections agent who will evaluate Escobedo before his sentencing.
"But Circuit Judge John Jude warned he’s not bound by recommendations made by Jensen, the agent or Cafferty.
"'I can impose whatever penalty I think is appropriate, including up to the maximum time,' Jude said."
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Why the plea bargaining? Racine continues to be soft on child sex and porn cases. What can you do when the judges are corrupt, too?