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Child Abuser Put Behind BarsSubmitted: 02/25/2013

Ben Meyer
Executive Producer
bmeyer@wjfw.com

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EAGLE RIVER - In 2011, a Lac du Flambeau man forced toddlers into a scalding bathtub.

Now he won't be able to go near any child for the next four years.

Jeffery Kulick turned up the water temperature in the house to near boiling a year and a half ago.

That's when he was watching the two year old and three year old siblings.

He then forced the children into a bathtub of the scalding water.

On Monday, he was sentenced in Vilas County Court to four years in prison, followed by five years of extended supervision.

Family of the victims provided emotional testimony.

"It takes a real monster to turn the water heater up, wait for the water to get that hot, then run an bath, then forced my son to sit in it," said the victims' mother.

"The grandmother who immediately tried to aid the young man indicated that when she tried to take his socks off, the skin was coming off with the socks," explained Vilas County Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove.

"He's burned from the waist down. Not only that, but his private areas. What's he going to tell girls when he's older?" asked the victims' father.

Newswatch 12 has decided to keep the identity of the parents concealed to protect the victims' privacy as minors.

"I guess the best way I can say it is, I feel your pain. I truly do," said Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen during sentencing.

Nielsen showed little sympathy for Kulick.

He gave him nearly the five years in prison prosecutors asked for.

Defense attorney Robert Hanson told us he expects to take the ruling to appeals court.

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