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Thursday, February 6, 2003


Cuba City woman receives probation for sexual assault
Low risk: She is guilty of having sex with estranged husband while he slept

by TH STAFF
LANCASTER, Wis. - A Cuba City woman, found guilty of third-degree sexual assault by a jury in December for having sex with her husband while he slept, was sentenced Monday in Grant County Circuit Court to five years probation.

Jeannie M. Patrinos, 32, faced a maximum of 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. Third-degree sexual assault is a Class D felony.

According to court records, at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 21 Patrinos broke a chain lock to gain entry into the Platteville residence of her then-estranged husband, John S. Howell, 36. The couple has since divorced. Howell awoke to find her having sex with him. His girlfriend, sleeping in the same bed, woke when the man ordered his wife to stop.

"I would like everything to be fair for other men this happened to so they won't be scared to come forward," Howell said, addressing the court before Judge Robert VanDeHey delivered Patrinos' sentence. "I'm sure I'm not the first one."

The Telegraph Herald has a policy of not using the names of sexual assault victims without their consent. Howell has given permission for his name to be used in this story.

Assistant District Attorney Anthony Pozorski recommended that Patrinos serve one year in jail and five years probation, saying her gender is irrelevant. "I look at this case and I see a prison case," he said.

Arguing that Patrinos isn't a threat to society, her attorney, Jeffrey Erickson, said the incident was "isolated" and propagated by a "bizarre collection of facts."

"If Ms. Patrinos were to be incarcerated," he said, "two employers would lose a valuable employee. More importantly, three children would lose a parent."

VanDeHey said gender played no role in his decision, but rather that she was a minimal risk to re-offend.

"The particular needs of society are better served by giving you a second opportunity," he said.

In accordance with her sentence, Patrinos also must serve 250 hours of community service, pay restitution for the broken lock and pay court costs.


Copyright 2003 Telegraph Herald


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