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Sex offender sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Ryan Dostalek
August 22, 2008
— Terry Ruben said he was sorry and ashamed for taking naked pictures of a Janesville boy and sexually assaulting him.

Assistant District Attorney Perry Folts didn’t believe it.


“Most of the time, sexual offenders are sorry they’re caught, not for what they did,” Folts said.


Ruben struggled to keep his composure as he read a statement in court Tuesday before Judge Alan Bates sentenced him for sex offenses involving the 13-year-old boy.


“I want to express my heartfelt sorry for the victim and his family,” Ruben, 55, of 1912 Gershwin Drive, said tearfully.


“It’s difficult for me to say the words I feel every day: sorrow, shame and guilt. I’m ashamed, embarrassed and scared.”


Ruben will spend 10 years in prison followed by eight years of extended supervision for:


-- Two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child.


-- Three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.


-- Three counts of child enticement for purposes of recording.


-- Two counts of possession of child pornography.


-- One count of exposing a child to harmful materials.


Folts said Ruben groomed the boy before exploiting him.


“(Ruben) provided the victim DVDs; he provided him pornographic pictures, videos, alcohol, electronics, cloths, all to meet this individual’s perverted sexual desires,” Folts said.


In January 2007, the victim’s mother found a suspicious note, as well as a pornographic video and pictures of girls in her son’s belongings, which police believe Ruben gave to her son, according to the criminal complaint.


Police later found 2,875 CDs or DVDs, 56 VHS tapes and 159 floppy discs along with cameras, computer hard drives, computer minidisks, thumb drives and flash cards with child pornography, including photos of the 13-year-old victim.


The boy was involved in three incidents with Ruben, two in November 2006 and one in January 2007, according to defense attorney David Geraghty.


In the November incidents, photographs show the boy and Ruben fondling each other. The January incident involved Ruben taking pictures of the boy naked from the waist down.


Geraghty stressed that any sentence for Ruben would impair his ability to care for his elderly mother, with whom he’s been living for 12 years.


Ruben’s oldest brother, Timothy Ruben, traveled from Maryland to speak on his family’s behalf.


“We’d like the young man and his family to know how deeply sorry we all are,” Timothy said. “Terry is a good person who has done some bad things.”


During extended supervision, Ruben cannot have contact with the victim or the victim’s family, cannot own a computer or a camera and cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without supervision. He also will need to register as a convicted sex offender.


Bates said Ruben is starting to be remorseful but said Ruben won’t feel completely sorry for what he’s done until he completes sexual offender counseling.


“(Ruben) is a generous man to care for his mother,” Bates said. “But he’s also a very selfish man to fulfill his needs and desires without concern for this young man or his mother.”



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