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Wis. man accused of drugged assaults gets 15 years

  • Associated Press
  • January 10, 2014 - 6:40 PM

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin man accused of drugging and assaulting women and taking photos and video of the attacks was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison for taking pictures of a 17-year-old girl.

Brian Stowe, 29, pleaded guilty in October to sexual exploitation of a child. He told U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb that he was "guilty and ashamed of the actions that brought me here," and said he would use his time behind bars "as positively as possible."

"I've learned my lesson," Stowe said. "I assure you that I'm not a risk to re-offend."

Stowe, of Madison, still faces hundreds of years behind bars for crimes he pleaded guilty to in state court, the Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/1iYeqM3 ) reported.

Crabb called Stowe "a very serious, harmful, dangerous predator" after reflecting on comments of those who wrote letters on Stowe's behalf, which called him a bright, helpful person who showed no signs of having committed the sexual assaults to which he has pleaded guilty.

"It's hard for me to understand how these two people can be housed in one body," Crabb said.

Stowe met the 17-year-old girl on Oct. 13, 2012, as the two shared a cab home at bar time. The girl told police that Stowe promised to drive her home, but she fell asleep in his apartment after drinking a glass of water.

As she drifted in and out of consciousness, the girl was sexually assaulted by Stowe, who took photos and videos. Crabb noted that at one point on a video, the girl groggily asked Stowe, "What are you doing?"

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn said that, "It is no exaggeration to say that this young woman did indeed stop a predator," according to the newspaper.

In a statement read in court by Przybylinski Finn, the girl wrote that she will put the situation behind her, but that she hopes Stowe lives every day knowing what he has done to all of his victims.

"I hope life has been good because now it is over and you have no one to blame but yourself," she wrote.

In December, Stowe pleaded guilty in Dane County to 16 counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of taking or possessing sexually explicit images of his victims. Among the 27 felonies to which he pleaded guilty is at least one count for each of the eight victims. Two other women were identified as victims but no charges related to them were filed.

Six of the eight women Stowe was accused of victimizing were co-workers at an area software company.

Stowe is to be sentenced on the state convictions March 14.

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