Drabek at sentencing: 'I need help'
20-year-old ordered to 5 years in prison
A judge has sentenced a Madison man convicted of sexually assaulting his starving stepsister and a 15-year-old girl to five years in prison and three years of extended supervision.
A jury convicted Joshua Drabek, 20, on two sexual assault charges and a child abuse count this month. He was sentenced Wednesday.
Drabek's now 17-year-old stepsister told police her father and her stepmother kept her locked in their basement for five years and starved her down to 68 pounds. She said her stepbrother tried to have sex with her when he was 13 and later forced her to perform oral sex on him.
Drabek pleaded guilty in July to another sexual assault charge after prosecutors accused him of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.
Assistant District Attorney Matthew Moeser asked for a 30-year prison sentence, which would have put Drabek in prison until he was 50. Judge Julie Genovese said that didn't make sense.
"The only place where he can go where the community will be safe is prison. The only place where he can get the treatment he needs is prison," Moeser said.
At sentencing, Drabek told the court he needs help and he knows what it’s like to be a victim during an emotional 40-minute plea.
"Whatever you decide, I'll leave this courtroom, family destroyed; I'll leave this courtroom, I feel broken, but all I'm asking for is help," Drabek said. “A part of me still wants to say that even though I know what they did was wrong and that I should have done something. I should have been there more. I should have done something because I could have stopped years of abuse on everybody. I could have stopped things.”
Drabek said he was also sexually assaulted as a child.
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