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St. Croix County man sentenced to 12 years in prison

A town of Forest man accused of sexually assaulting a girl was sentenced last week to prison.

St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Edward Vlack sentenced William R. Wuorenma to 12 years in prison and 10 years on extended supervision.

The 36-year-old had been convicted in December 2016 of sexual assault of a child.

St. Croix County prosecutors charged him, along with his girlfriend, fellow town of Forest resident Amanda L. Catlin, in September.

Wuorenma was accused of having a sexual relationship with the child and introducing her to methamphetamine. Catlin was allegedly involved in some sexual interactions, authorities learned.

Meth use appeared to be a common denominator during the alleged sexual contact.

St. Croix County Assistant District Attorney Alexis McKinley sought a 35-year sentence, with 20 years to be served in prison. As part of Vlack's sentence, Wuorenma must register as a sex offender and have no contact with minor females unless supervised by an adult and with his probation agent's approval.

Catlin, who is charged with three felony counts of second assault of a child and two related crimes, had a competency hearing in November. McKinley said no determination has been made yet on Catlin's competency status.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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