"It was monstrous in the end," O'Melia told Christenson. "I can't risk you being out."
In one case, police say Christenson impregnated a girl, then performed a crude abortion on her. A different victim told police Christenson forced the victim into sex more than one hundred times. Still another described being beaten over and over with a switch, crescent wrench, and fire poker.
Police reports said Christenson regularly got children drunk or high before committing physical or sexual abuse.
O'Melia's sentence means Christenson's prison term will end when he is 93 years old. After that, he will be on extended supervision until age 108.
"I don't want you to see children again," O'Melia said. "I don't want you to have children available to you in the future."
Simono, who prosecuted the case, called the sentence "just" and "proper."
"It's the worst case I've ever seen," he said. "We deal with homicides [and] attempted homicides. That's one component of a very horrific crime. To violate a person through sexual assault and to do so repeatedly, I don't think it gets any worse."
Christenson's longtime fiancée, Krystal Polar, painted a different picture of the convicted felon.
"Matt is charming, thoughtful, caring, generous, and loving," she told the court. "Matt does whatever he can to make everyone happy."
Christenson's defense attorney, Andrew Morgan, acknowledged his client's downfalls.
But he also said Christenson "fulfilled his role as a contributing member of community and family."
Morgan declined an interview request.
Simono and Morgan had agreed to a sentencing recommendation that would have put Christenson in prison for 15 years and on extended supervision for ten years. But O'Melia made the punishment much steeper.
"This train wreck is going to have long-lasting results, all because of you," he said. "This case, Mr. Christenson, has got so many victims, you can't list them all."
The plea agreement called for Christenson to be found guilty on four counts and have seven counts dismissed but considered for sentencing. Simono explained that convicting Christenson on all 11 original counts would not likely have increased his incarceration time.
"At a certain point in time, it just becomes piling on," Simono said. "It serves no legitimate sentencing factor for the court."
Simono also said he wanted to avoid having to put the victims through the stress of a trial. Five of the six victims were in court on Monday.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander student made it onto her school bus and to class unhurt last Tuesday, but she almost didn't. A recent close call left Bowen Bus Service employees wondering if Rhinelander will be the next to see a student killed while simply trying to get to and from school.
On Hwy 8 last week a student was nearly hit by a truck at her bus stop, leaving the bus driver in disbelief. In a surveillance video from the bus, you can hear the bus driver say "That car like just missed you. That truck just missed her."
TOMAHAWK - After a bitterly cold November, road crews in Tomahawk enjoyed a warm up on Monday. But temperatures shifting above and below freezing this week will create perfect conditions for a lot more work. John Cole is the Director of Public Works for the City of Tomahawk. He says that pothole issues are something that his crew fights all season long.
"It's job security, it's not a good job security, but it is job security for sure because you always have potholes to fill," said Cole. "When you get that expansion and contraction, we get water in those cracks, and when you get the traffic and people driving on them."
In Tomahawk, Cole sends crews out every week to look for potholes and fill them. He also sends out crews whenever they get a call about a bad pothole.
RHINELANDER - It's easy to slip on ice, skid on roads, or get stuck in the snow.
One thing that also happens is joint pain from common winter activities.
Shoveling heavy snow is one of the biggest problems Rhinelander Chiropractor Dr. Tony Lowenberg sees causing this pain.
He said shoveling is a physical activity that can cause excessive stress on the body; especially for people who don't lift heavy often.
"Lifting and the twisting creates wear and tear on their body. Then [people] feel it as pain and then their muscles get tight because they are not used to lifting stuff," said Dr. Lowenberg. "It's more people that are not used a physical job, shoveling can be [troublesome]."
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