Man gets prison for sexual assault

KALAMAZOO — A Wilson man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Monday after a grand jury convicted him last fall of sexually abusing a minor at the Hannahville Indian Community in Menominee County in 2015.

Following a four-day trial at the U.S. District Court in Marquette, on Oct. 27 a grand jury found Patrick Roy Wandahsega guilty of one count of abusive sexual contact with a child under 12 years of age, a life felony.

According to court documents, Wandahsega knowingly engaged in sexual contact with a young male victim.

The grand jury indictment information states, sometime between Dec. 14-18, 2015, Wandahsega intentionally touched the victim “with an intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, or arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.”

Following investigation into the incident by Hannahville Tribal Police and the FBI, Wandahsega was arrested on Sept. 14, 2016, and later arraigned at the U.S. District Court in Marquette.

During Monday’s sentencing at the U.S. District Court in downstate Kalamazoo, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney sentenced Wandahsega to 288 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a $5,100 special assessment.

In addition to the above felony, Wandahsega was also charged with one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years of age for allegedly engaging in a sexual act with the same victim during the same time period. The grand jury found him not guilty of this charge.

Following the grand jury trial, a defense motion for a mistrial was denied, according to court documents.