By Shereen Siewert

WAUSAU — A 38-year-old Wausau man accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl on multiple occasions will spend four years in prison.

Randall Ivey was convicted last month on one count of first degree child sex assault involving sexual contact with a person younger than 13. Circuit Judge Greg Huber agreed to dismiss a second count as part of a plea agreement.

According to the criminal complaint, police launched an investigation in July 2018 when a Wausau woman reported that her daughter had been sexually assaulted.

The girl told police she began talking with Ivy through Snapchat in early January 2018 and the two soon began communicating several times each day. Snapchat, a social media app popular with teens, allows users to capture videos and pictures that self destruct after a few seconds. 

About two weeks after the two first communicated, Ivey sexually assaulted the girl at her home while the girl’s parents were away fishing, police said. A second assault happened months later.

Charges were filed Oct. 31, 2018 in Marathon County Circuit Court. Sentencing was held July 29.

Ivey has a prior criminal history that includes convictions for cocaine trafficking, multiple OWIs, battery and bail jumping, according to online court records.

During Ivey’s sentencing hearing Judge Strasser also ordered the suspect to spend eight years on extended supervision following his release from prison. He is required to register as a sex offender and will remain on the registry for life.