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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Superior Resident Sentenced to 15 Years for Recruiting Minor to Engage in Commercial Sex Acts

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Eugene Wearing, 56, Superior, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge William Conley to 15 years in federal prison for recruiting and enticing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts.  This prison term will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.  Wearing was found guilty of this offense on May 5, 2016, following a stipulated bench trial.

In February 2014, Wearing suggested to the victim in this case that she could make money by engaging in sex acts with others.   The victim eventually agreed to participate in Wearing’s plan.  Wearing took pictures of the victim topless and in her underwear to post on Craigslist.  Wearing used these pictures in an ad he posted to the Craigslist personal ads, offering the sexual services of the victim.  Law enforcement intervened before any commercial sex acts occurred.

During the course of the commission of the crime, Wearing sexually assaulted the victim multiple times, telling the victim that he was testing her sexual skills.  When the victim indicated she did not want to participate any more, the defendant threatened her and would not let her leave his apartment. 

In sentencing Wearing, Judge Conley called the crime horrific, and the defendant manipulative, impulsive, and irresponsible.  Judge Conley was also concerned that Wearing blamed the victim for the defendant’s acts in this case. 

The charge against Wearing was the result of an investigation conducted by the Superior Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Topic: 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 25, 2016