Former Badger High janitor sentenced to 3 years in prison for sexually assaulting student

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Andrea Anderson
November 25, 2014

ELKHORN--The parents of a 17-year-old girl sexually assaulted by a former Badger High School janitor stared straight ahead at the judge with their hands clasped in their laps as Alfredo Sandoval told the two he is ashamed of his actions.

"I regret it from the bottom of my heart, and I ask for forgiveness of the family that I've hurt," Sandoval, 68, said Tuesday in court. 

Sandoval pleaded guilty in September to felony sexual assault of a student by school staff.

Judge David Reddy sentenced Sandoval to three years in prison and two years of extended supervision Tuesday.

"There is an expectation by both the victim and community that school is a safe place, and Mr. Sandoval violated this trust," Reddy said.

Sandoval of Lake Geneva sexually assaulted the 17-year-old female student May 1, according to a criminal complaint.

Seth Keller, Lake Geneva police detective, testified at a June preliminary hearing that the girl "was nervous and scared" after Sandoval kissed and touched her in a music room.

The girl told Keller and Assistant Principal Mike Giovingo that she spoke Spanish with Sandoval on "several occasions," Keller said.

At the sentencing hearing, prosecutor Haley Rea read the victim's description of what happened that day.

Sandoval unlocked the door to the room and escorted the girl in before he hugged, kissed, touched her inappropriately and wouldn't let her leave. Before that, Sandoval gave the girl a recipe.

"The grooming behavior--being her friend, helping her, then assaulting her--is concerning," Rea said.

"Making a child at school feel uncomfortable and assaulting her where she should feel safe ... is very grave," Rea later added.

Sandoval did not have a criminal record.

In the 1990s, Sandoval's daughter in Washington said he repeatedly sexually assaulted her. He admitted the assaults, Rea said, but the daughter recanted her statements, and no charges were filed.

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