A Marion man faces up to 75 years in prison following conviction in Waupaca County Court on three sexual assault charges. The State Department of Justice says the conviction of 51 year old Leroy Whittenberger is the first since the testing of backlogged sexual assault kits began. A jury this week found Whittenberger guilty of three counts of 2nd degree sexual assault with use of force.
Whittenberger assaulted a teen in New London in July 2012. The victim’s sexual assault kit went untested for years due to a backlog at the state crime lab.
It was tested as part of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in 2017. Nine people have been criminally charged as a result of Wisconsin Sex Assault Kit Initiative, according to the state Department of Justice. A sentencing date for Whittenberger has not yet been set. He does have previous sexual assault convictions from both Lincoln and Marathon Counties.