Pico sentenced to 6 years in prison for child sex assault

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WAUKESHA (WITI) -- A Waukesha County judge sentenced 42-year-old Anthony Pico to six years in prison plus another ten years of extended supervision on Monday, February 25th. Pico was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child in December 2012.

Over a dozen people showed up to support Pico -- a husband and father of eight-year-old twins.

Pico was a parent volunteer at Summit Elementary School in Oconomowoc. The criminal complaint against Pico says he volunteered in various classrooms each Friday. The complaint says in April 2012, he was assisting students and inappropriately touched a young girl who was reading a book with him.

The complaint shows officers questioned Pico about the incident. It says Pico “became flush, appeared to have difficulty swallowing, and he was breathing rapidly.” The complaint also indicates Pico changed his story about the alleged incident a couple of times.

The complaint says Pico said “I’m not like that. I don’t do that to little kids. I have a daughter.” Later, Pico said “I remember rubbing her leg and I probably went too high than I should have, and when I worked my hand back down, I caught her pant leg, and my hand went in.” Pico told investigators he felt terrible about everything.

In court on Monday, Pico apologized but insisted he only touched the child's leg, and that it was not intended to be sexual. It's a story the judge and jury refused to buy.

In the end, the judge said he believed the little girl was telling the truth. Pico will get credit for the 69 days he has already spent in jail. After that, he will spend six years in prison, and then will be supervised for the next 10 years.

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