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Gogin gets 40 years
Greg Gogin is brought in for his sentencing at the Green County Justice Center Wednesday. Gogin was sentenced to 40 years in prison for first-degree sexual assault of a child and two related charges. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Greg Gogin, the former Monroe man charged with sexually assaulting two young girls for more than 10 years, was sentenced in Green County Circuit Court Wednesday to 40 years in prison.

Gogin, 57, Wautoma, was sentenced on a Class B felony charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child and two related Class C felonies. Seven other related charges were dismissed as part of Gogin's plea agreement.

Gogin was sentenced to 22 years in prison on the Class B charge and 18 years in prison on the other charges. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

The sentence also carries 35 years of extended supervision, to be served upon his release. During both his prison sentence and extended supervision, Gogin is to have no contact with the victims or their families.

The maximum possible sentence for Gogin's charges was 90 years in prison.

The charges were filed in May 2015 after two underage girls accused Gogin of repeatedly sexually assaulting them for more than a decade.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Kohl said the defense's recommendation of a five-year prison sentence was far too low, considering the magnitude of Gogin's crimes.

"As humans, we need to satisfy our moral need for punishment," Kohl said, before recommending a sentence of at least 25 years in prison as punishment and to ensure the victims' safety.

One of the victims delivered a statement at Gogin's sentencing hearing, in which she repeatedly called for Gogin to receive the maximum possible sentence for his crimes; she said she was fearful of the day he would be released from prison.

Gogin's attorney, Sarah Schmeiser, said she understood the anger of Gogin's victims, but added that a five-year sentence would be sufficient if coupled with extended supervision restrictions that prohibited Gogin from ever communicating in any way with the victims or their family members.

"We have judges so we can rise above these thoughts of vengeance," Schmeiser said.

For his part, Gogin acknowledged the consequences of his abuse and apologized to the victims but said he did not deserve to ask for their forgiveness. He claimed he had been abused as a child, but added that that was no excuse for his actions.

He also added that he had been active in the community before his actions had come to light and had "helped scores of students mature and grow in their faith."

Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley said he wanted the victims to be secure in their lives without the fear of Gogin ever returning.

"I must render a sentence that will keep you incarcerated for you to continue your recovery," Daley said to Gogin immediately before delivering his verdict.

"I hope that you understand," Daley said. "You decided that children were more than children, but were women before their time."

Daley also ordered that the $20,000 bond that Gogin had posted be held in an account to help pay for the victims' counseling.