MADISON (WKOW) -- The Assistant Dane County District Attorney says the prosecution was happy with the jury's decision to convict Joshua Drabek on all three charges.
Drabek is now guilty of first degree sexual assault of a child, second degree sexual assault of a child and child abuse. He was taken into custody early Friday morning.
"I'm happy this is the last trial the victim will have to testify in, so that's the biggest relief at this point," said Matt Moeser, Assistant Dane County District Attorney. "I'm satisfied with the verdict and I'm appreciative with the time the Madison Police Department spent investigating this and the thought that the jury put into their verdict."
The defense wasn't available for comment.
Drabek will be sentenced on Wednesday.
MADISON (WKOW) -- The Madison man accused of sexually assaulting his step-sister, while she was being abused by her father and step-mother, has been found guilty.
After nearly 11 hours of deliberation, a jury ruled Joshua Drabek guilty of first degree sexual assault of a child, second degree sexual assault of a child and child abuse.
Drabek was taken into custody early Friday morning. He will be sentenced on Wednesday.
27 News spoke with the Assistant Dane County District Attorney who said they were happy with the decision.
Tune in to Wake Up Wisconsin Friday morning for the latest information about the verdict.
MADISON (WKOW) -- There are signs the jury is close to a decision in Joshua Drabek's sexual assault trial.
Around 8:30 p.m., jurors had the bailiff ask the judge what they should do if they have reached a verdict on two of the three charges against Drabek. Attorneys on both sides asked the judge to tell jury members to keep deliberating. There is no word on which charges the jury has come to an agreement. Drabek is charged with first and second degree sexual assault of a child and child abuse.
Earlier in the day, both attorneys issued their closing arguments. Prosecutors tried to defend the victim's credibility in her accusations against her step brother Drabek, while the defense focused on discrediting recent evidence that Drabek admitted to having sexual thoughts about the girl.
The jury started deliberating around 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
MADISON (WKOW) --- A jury of eight women and four men is deliberating the fate of Joshua Drabek in his sexual assault trial.
Authorities say Drabek sexually assaulted his stepsister when she nine years old, and again when she was thirteen.
The girl's father and stepmother are serving five year prison sentences for confining the girl to a basement in a Madison home for years, and starving her.
In closing arguments Thursday, a prosecutor said the girl, now 17, had no reason to lie when she testified about the sexual assaults. But Drabek's attorney said the girl recanted her claims several times, including to a trusted grandmother.
Outside the presence of the jury Wednesday, Drabek testified he had past thoughts of breaking a window to gain access to the girl and doing something sexual.
For the jury's verdict and more on this case, visit wkow.com and watch 27 News at 5 and 6.
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