Nathan McQuillen

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting a child has been sentenced to probation in Dane County.

The sentence handed down by Judge John Hyland Monday has upset advocates for sexual assault survivors and others.

A criminal complaint says 45-year-old Nathan McQuillen started a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy in 2016 that continued to 2018. The complaint says the teen told investigators the sexual contact was consensual.

Rape Crisis Center director Erin Thornley Parisi tells WISC-TV that someone as young as 13 is unable to consent to sex and that not mandating prison time doesn’t send that message.

The judge imposed and stayed three years in prison and five years of extended supervision, meaning McQuillen will serve prison time only if he violates his probation.


Information from: WISC-TV,