A former Thorp police chief convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to serve five years in prison, along with 12 years of extended supervision.
Richard A. Boie, 74, 401 W. School St., Thorp, was found guilty in April by a jury of repeated sexual assault of the same child in Clark County Court. Boie faced a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision.
Clark County District Attorney Kerra Stumbris said her recommendation mirrored a pre-sentence investigation that called for 13 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision.
“Our duty is to protect the public. It’s a very serious offense,” she said. “You see the impact on these children — they are society’s most vulnerable.”
According to the criminal complaint, the assaults occurred between February 2013 and December 2014. The child is now 9 years old.
The girl told authorities that Boie would lie in bed with her and sexually touch her. The girl said it happened more than one time and always at Boie’s house in Thorp. The child would go to his house at least once per month in that time frame.
Stumbris said Clark County Judge Jon Counsell took into account Boie’s age and the fact he had no prior criminal convictions in determining the five-year prison sentence.
Boie was police chief from 1970 until 1978; Stumbris said the fact he is a former police chief wasn’t factored into the prison sentence.
“It’s a no-win for everyone involved,” Stumbris said. “We do what we can to provide justice and hold people accountable.”
The sentencing Wednesday began in the morning and wrapped up in the afternoon, lasting about four hours, she said. Both of the victim’s parents spoke at length about the impacts of the sexual assault
At a hearing Monday, Boie’s attorney, Shawn Paul, requested the court to find Boie incompetent and requested a separate competency exam, but Judge Jon Counsell denied that request.