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Appeal denied in Wausau sexual assault


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – An appeals court has denied an appeal from a man convicted of sexually assaulting a learning disabled woman he met on a Wausau city bus in 2007.

Joshua Wells claimed the trial judge erred in allowing the victim to testify that Wells had told her he had been previously accused of rape.

The Third District Court of Appeals in Wausau agreed with the trial judge, which allowed the testimony to show the victim’s state of mind and why she refused to leave Wells’ apartment.

According to court documents, Wells forced the woman to perform oral sex on him. She testified she was scared to leave and agreed to future sexual contact because Wells told her he had been accused of raping another woman.

A jury convicted Wells on one count of second-degree sexual assault and acquitted him on three other charges. Wells is serving a four-year prison sentence.