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January 2007, Prairie du Chien Crawford County, Wisconsin. Van Wagner wins acquittal for client Frank Pintz exonerating him on multiple counts of sexual assault of a child.

September 2007, Madison Dane County, Wisconsin. Van Wagner wins acquittal in State vs. Robert G. Sutter. Not guilty two counts second degree sexual assault.

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News Release

Not guilty! sexual assault

Robert G. Sutter of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin Was Found Not Guilty by a Wisconsin Circuit Court Jury (Madison Dane County WI)

MADISON WI September 6, 2007, 3:30 PM CT

A Mount Horeb, Wisconsin man accused of two counts of second degree sexual assault has been found not guilty.

Forty-four year old Robert G. Sutter pled not guilty in March to two felony counts charging that he engaged in repeated acts of sexual assault against two teen females [Wisconsin law, second degree sexual assault]. The teenage females claimed that he had touched them inappropriately on numerous occasions over a period of years. However, the accusations were not made promptly, and came only after several rounds of questioning by investigators.

On September 6, 2007, after a three day trial and about three hours of deliberations, the 9-man, 3-woman jury found Sutter not guilty of both counts of repeated acts of sexual assault. Sutter was represented at trial by criminal defense attorney Christopher T. Van Wagner, Van Wagner & Wood, S.C., Madison, Wisconsin (

After the not guilty verdict, Sutter's attorney, Chris Van Wagner, said that Sutter was grateful for the verdict exonerating him, and that he was relieved that the nightmare was over. Sutter, who had not been allowed to see his two young sons since he was accused, is hoping to get back together with them soon.


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Wisconsin Laws

Sexual Assault

Under Wisconsin laws, sexual assault is a felony. Felony classification of a sexual assault conviction depends upon the severity of the assault. A sexual assault conviction imposes several severe penalties upon the convicted person including jail or imprisonment, fines, probation, and lifetime supervision and registry as a sex offender.

Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney Christopher T. Van Wagner

Attorney Christopher T. Van Wagner has been a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Van Wagner & Wood, S.C., Madison, Wisconsin since 1994. Prior to establishing his private criminal defense practice in Madison, Wisconsin, Attorney Van Wagner served as a federal prosecutor (Madison, Wisconsin), a state prosecutor (Trenton, New Jersey), and a private criminal defense attorney with the firm Mayers Brown (Chicago, Illinois). Chris Van Wagner earned his law degree at Cornell University Law School (Law Review Editor) in 1981.

Van Wagner & Wood, S.C. is a criminal defense firm located at 1 North Pinckney Street, Suite 300, Madison, Wisconsin 53703 ().

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If you are a suspect in a sexual assault crime, if you have been charged with sexual assault, or if you have already been convicted and believe your conviction or sentence were wrong, please call ( in the Madison area, or statewide) the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood for a brief but professional free first-impression analysis of your case. You can also send your case information online, or email the attorneys.