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Man convicted of molesting step-sister during years of abuse, torture


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Madison man was found guilty early Friday of molesting his teenage step-sister, while she was being tortured and abused by her father and step-mother.

A Dane County jury deliberated for 11 hours before convicting 20-year-old Joshua Drabek of first and second degree child sex assault, and child abuse. He's scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

In closing arguments, a prosecutor said the girl had no reason to lie when she told what happened. The defense said the girl recanted her story several times -- once to a grandmother she had trusted.

The girl is now 17 -- and she's still taking middle school classes after she was kept for several years in the basement of her father's home. She had escaped two years ago, weighing just 68 pounds at the time.

Her father and step-mother were later convicted in separate trials.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)