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Sex offender heads back to prison for third timeSubmitted: 03/07/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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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.

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