A La Crosse man was convicted Wednesday of sexually assaulting a teenager.
Jeremy Wrencher, 21, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree sexual assault in La Crosse County Circuit Court. He will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutors, who will argue that Wrencher serve prison time, amended the charge because of “proof issues” and the victim’s ability to undergo a trial, Assistant District Attorney Emily Hynek said.
The victim told police Wrencher raped her Aug. 23 at his house despite her protests to stop. She said Wrencher raped her a second time while his brother held her at gunpoint and forced her to perform oral sex, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors dismissed a sexual assault charge against Wrencher’s brother.
Weeks before the assault, Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez sentenced Wrencher to one year on probation for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2015.
Prosecutors charged him with sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and he pleaded guilty to a reduced fourth-degree sexual assault charge. His probation was revoked in November and he was sentenced to nine months in jail.