A Lodi man charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting two children, who were living with him at the time in a Lodi residence, was sentenced on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
A Columbia County Circuit Court judge sentenced George F. Zeimet, 67, to four years in prison and five years of extended supervision after Zeimet was charged with causing mental harm to a child, a class F felony, and fourth degree sexual assault, a class A misdemeanor.
According to court documents, Zeimet entered a no contest plea for both charges in August of last year.
Zeimet was arrested in June 2015, after Lodi police observed an interview of two children at the Sauk County Department of Human Services. According to the criminal complaint, the victims, who were ages 6 and 7 at the time of the alleged assaults, reported the assaults took place during the summer of 2011 in a basement of a residence on the 100 block of Chestnut Street in the city of Lodi.
According to the complaint, one of the victims reported Zeimet told them he was going to hug them, laid on top of them, grabbed their hand and put it on his genitals. The child yelled for people upstairs, but Zeimet covered their mouth with his hand and then put his lips on theirs. The victim stated this incident occurred two times a week for six months to a year, according to the complaint.
The second victim reported incidents of Zeimet putting his hand on their leg and moving it closer to their genital area, as well as Zeimet putting his hand on their genitals under their clothes and then under their shirt while he was touching himself, according to the complaint.
Both children stated Zeimet had told them not to tell anyone of the assaults.
When police questioned Zeimet, he admitted to assaulting the victims and told police he thought they wanted him to do it, according to the complaint.
In addition to Zeimet’s prison and supervision sentence, he will be required to register as a sex offender for 15 years, complete a sex offender assessment and comply with any treatment recommendations, as well as submit a DNA sample and maintain absolute sobriety.