Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Scott Woldt did not like the plea agreement that the defense and prosecutor had made, so he went ahead and sentenced a rapist to the maximum allowed by law.
Kent V. Monte plead guilty as part of a plea agreement. Part of that plea agreement was for the prosecutors to ask for no more than 7 years in prison and the defense would ask for 5-6 years. The agreement was based on the idea that Monte’s victim would be out of college by the time he was out of prison. Both sides felt that Monte would most likely not offend again.
The Judge didn’t see it that way. He saw Monte as a “textbook sexual predator” and one that would “blend in”. Monte admitted to sexually assaulting a young girl from the time she was 11 until recently. She is now 15. Their last encounter was on August 23rd.
Judge Woldt went beyond the sentencing recommendations by the prosecutor and defense and gave Monte 20 years of incarceration followed by 20 years of extended supervision.
“You’re lucky I couldn’t give you more.” – Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Scott Woldt
Monte was a former member of the Oshkosh Plan Commission and a former candidate for the Oshkosh Common Council in Wisconsin. Judge Woldt felt that all the social activities that Monte took part in were to cover his actions of sexually assaulting his young victim. Involvement in church, community and youth bowling activities, were all just ways for him to cover the fact that he was assaulting this girl.
“Kent Monte has sentenced us to life with his actions.” — Victims Mother
This is a Judge that means business. This is the type of judge that needs to oversee all sex assault cases. Especially those with young children.