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Former La Crosse School District employee sentenced for sexual assault

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – A former part-time choir director at Logan High School was sentenced to prison Monday.

Dustin Bagstad, pleaded guilty in December 2018 to five counts of sexually assaulting a child.

A 15-year-old student came forward in 2017 stating that Bagstad had assaulted her. He later said he knew the student was 15.

He originally faced 19 counts related to the case.

The victim’s mother spoke about the impact the assaults had on her child at the court hearing before Judge Todd Bjerke. “This man took away her safety, her ability to trust and love completely, to feel OK within herself,” she said.

She concluded her remarks, “Please make an example of this man so that girls in our community can feel safe and cherished. What he did was reprehensible and repulsive. Please don’t let him do this again.”

Before Judge Bjerke passed sentence, Bagstad apologized to the victims, families, and the community. He said he took full responsibility for what had happened.

He was then sentenced to ten years on each of four counts he earlier pleaded guilty to. Each carried a two year prison term followed by eight years of extended supervision. Judge Bjerke made the sentences consecutive, so Bagstad must serve eight years in prison before his release.

On the fifth count, Judge Bjerke withheld sentence and placed Bagstad on probation for 15 years.

Bagstad must undergo an evaluation as a sex offender.

Kevin Millard

Kevin Millard-Social Media Digital Content Manager for WXOW.

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