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A La Crosse man faces life in prison after he was charged Wednesday with two counts of incest as a persistent repeat offender.

David H. Costin, 36, La Crosse, is being held on a $50,000 cash bond in the La Crosse County Jail after he was accused of raping two children who are related to him.

He was charged not only with two counts of incest, but also two counts of repeated sexual assault of a child, felony intimidation of a victim and misdemeanor bail jumping in La Crosse County Circuit Court.

David Costin

Costin

According to the complaint, one of the victims called police about 3 p.m. Friday to report Costin had raped the two children multiple times, including the night of Aug. 8. The victims told police Costin had sexual contact with their genitals, buttocks and mouths.

“I want him to go to jail forever. I don’t want to see him,” one child said.

The other child said Costin threatened to “sexually assault (him or her) even harder next time,” if the crime was reported, according to the complaint.

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Due to his 2001 conviction of second-degree sexual assault of a child stemming from a 2000 case, Costin is considered a repeat offender.

Under state law, the offense is considered a serious child sex offense and a second conviction of a serious child sex crime would require the court to sentence Costin to life imprisonment without possibility of parole or extended supervision.

In 2000, when Costin was 17, he was charged with having sexual contact with two girls aged 15 and 12.

Costin will be back in front of Judge Todd Bjerke Aug. 23.


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Jourdan Vian can be reached at jvian@lacrossetribune.com or follow her on Twitter at @Jourdan_LCT.

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Jourdan Vian is a reporter and columnist covering crime and courts for the La Crosse Tribune. You can contact her at 608-791-8218 or jvian@lacrossetribune.com.

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