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Somerset man gets 30 years for child sex crimes

HUDSON — A St. Croix County judge has sentenced a Somerset man to more than 30 years for an array of sex offenses, including crimes against children.

Judge Scott Needham sentenced Richard Maness Wednesday, Feb. 28, to 12 years in prison and 20 years on extended supervision.

Prosecutors told the court Richard Maness used one victim to make child pornography. Investigators say he assaulted that girl for several years, starting when she was 8 years old. Another victim was recorded in the shower, while a third victim — a neighbor — was secretly recorded in the nude.

“We just don’t think that things like this happen in Somerset or St. Croix County,” Needham said at the hearing.

When deputies served a search warrant at Maness’ home, they found naked pictures of the girl and homemade videos of naked children. Investigators say the photos they seized also showed Maness' ex-wife sexually assaulting a 3-year-old boy. Jennifer Bowers is scheduled to be sentenced at the end of this month.

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Learfield Wire Services contributed to this report

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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