RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander man accused of violating his sex offender registration will go back to prison.
Judge Michael Bloom sentenced Albert Chagnon in Oneida County court today.
The 31-year-old originally served prison time in 2002 for child pornography. Now he'll head back to prison for the third time for a felony charge of failure to update his sex offender registration. This charge is worse than it sounds.
"This isn't a situation in which the defendant simply neglected to tell the supervising agent about conduct that otherwise would be allowable. This is a situation where Mr. Chagnon was engaged in having contact with a 15-year-old girl," says Oneida County Assistant District Attorney. Steve Michlig.
That's the same teenage girl he went to prison for having photographs of two years ago. He contacted her on Facebook within a month of his release from prison.
Defense Attorney Richard Voss argued for a lesser sentence than the five years the state wanted. He asked for the nature of Chagnon's criminal history to be taken into consideration.
"There was nothing where Mr. Chagnon had ever done anything to anyone. He has not ever had a crime in which he's injured anybody physically," says Voss.
But Judge Michael Bloom said what Chagnon did was serious despite the fact that it didn't involve physical contact.
"Until it is established that Mr. Chagnon can, in fact, regulate his own behavior there is a valid concern whether the public needs to be protected," says Judge Bloom.
Bloom sentenced Chagnon to five years; two years in prison and three on extended supervision.
TOMAHAWK - A dance group in Tomahawk gets a second opportunity to show thousands of people what small town dancers can do. The Tomahawk Dance Team will perform at the Liberty Bowl half time show in Memphis In two weeks. "We get to go out with a bang," said 17- year- old dancer Emma Gane. At the end of the year seniors Emma Gane and Morgan Dischen will walk away from the dance team that brought them together four years ago.
"It's emotional to think about how fast things have gone," said Dischen. However, first they'll step on stage in front of more than 60 thousand people. "It's taking girls from this small town and putting them on this national platform," said Tomahawk Dance Team Coach Marina Olson.
On December 30 the 11 girls on the Tomahawk Dance team will perform during the Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis Tennessee. "It's just going to be different from our everyday small town life," said first year dance team member Semra Marquardt.
RHINELANDER - Eighth-grader Alexx Huff doesn't practice half-court shots much.
At the end of basketball practice, he's usually too tired to try and make 40-footers. But Huff had plenty of energy two weeks ago, when he stepped onto the court during halftime of a varsity basketball game in Rhinelander.
"I'm really nervous, I'm really shaky," Huff said, remembering the night. "There's a lot of people watching."
Huff was randomly selected to take part a shooting contest held during every game. The contest ends with a half-court shot.
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