NEW: Dudas Sentenced in Sex Assault
By Patrick Lynn
Former Stevens Point lawyer David G. Dudas has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of 30 counts of rape and abuse. He had faced a maximum sentence of more than 700 years.
Dudas, 49, was found guilty earlier this year of first-degree sexual assault, second-degree reckless injury, substantial battery, 14 counts of second-degree sexual assault and 11 counts of strangulation and suffocation. His sentence was handed down Wednesday morning at 9:30 AM by Brown County Judge Tammy Jo Hock.
According to court documents, Dudas was arrested following a violent incident at his Dale residence in July of 2013 when two of the adult children witnessed their mother coming down the stairs in a bloodied bathrobe with visible injuries to her face. One of the adult children confronted Dudas, while another drove his mother to the hospital. Dudas’ wife received severe head and neck injuries, according to the criminal complaint.
The abuse had taken place between March 2012 and July 2013, according to the criminal complaint.
Some members of the jury almost became physically ill after watching graphic videos Dudas made of him and his wife having rough sex, which prosecutors used as evidence of the crimes. The defense claimed on at least one occasion, Dudas’ wife could be seen acting as a willing participant.
Both Dudas and his wife, along with two of the couple’s adult children, took the stand during the seven- day trial, with Dudas claiming the marriage was loving and healthy but had grown to include sadomasochistic sexual relations. He claimed his wife made up the story of being sexually assaulted.
Dudas’ wife, whose name is not being released by the City-Times because she is the victim of a sex crime, said she soon began to fear after the couple’s sex life became more extreme and would be physically abused if she did not submit to her husband’s wishes in the bedroom.
Three of the five children in the home have given statements supporting the claims of abuse.
After prison Dudas will be on parole for 10 years.