Child-abuse convict to get new trial

Judge says DA delayed evidence

Published On: Dec 22 2012 05:01:12 PM CST
APPLETON, Wis. -

A Fox Valley man who was sentenced to eight years in prison on child-abuse and other convictions will receive a new trial.

A Post-Crescent of Appleton report said an Outagamie County judge has overturned the convictions against 35-year-old Dennis Strong Jr.

Judge Nancy Krueger ruled that prosecutors were too slow to hand over evidence that might have helped in Strong's defense.

The criminal complaint says a 6-year-old boy accused Strong of dunking his head in a toilet. The complaint also alleges that he punched the boy's mother and slapped another child.

Prosecutors withheld one alleged victim's recorded statement until the first day of trial. Strong said that interfered with his ability to adequately prepare for trial.

A new trial date hasn't been set.