Tate T. Pirnie, 25, of Wisconsin, originally been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12. pleaded no contest to third-degree sexual assault of a foster child and felony child abuse was sentenced to six years in prison. Pirnie must serve at least three years, less 445 days, before his mandatory release.
He child, on the other, got a life sentence of trauma. She’s 12 years old now and is already in treatment for depression at this time, she in weekly counseling, she can’t sleep without medication and when she does sleep she has horrific nightmares.
The female foster child said that in September 2016 — when she was 9 years old — Pirnie had sexually assaulted her on at least two separate occasions.
Pirnie was told by an officer that the victim was found with Pirnie’s semen inside her, and Pirnie gave an explanation involving a teddy bear he owned that he said might have been the reason for that.
However, semen was never discovered on or in the victim. The story, Smith said, showed that Pirnie thought it was possible and was trying to make excuses.
His own attorney said “I don’t mean to be harsh, but he’s not the smartest client I’ve ever had. ... The only thing he could think of was this bear”
“Though he did not fully confess, he basically did,” a prosecutor said. “They had nobody to tell, no place to go. They did stay with adults once in a while who kept letting them down. From a predatory standpoint, the victim in this case was a very good victim — she had no support, she was young, scared, scared of the state, and that’s why we don’t have a jury (trial),”