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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 His probation was revoked in November and he was sentenced to nine months in jail.


Police and courts reporter

Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at or 608-791-8224.