Mixed verdict in assault trial

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Patz found guilty of four charges, not guilty of five others

Times Herald Staff

A town of Brazeau man was found guilty Friday of four felonies, including reckless endangerment and maintaining a drug trafficking place, but not guilty of sexual assault or human trafficking, after a weeklong trial in Oconto County Circuit Court.

The 12-person jury heard five days of testimony in the case against Duane C. Patz, 52, before finding him guilty of four of nine charges that arose out of an incident at his home Feb. 7, 2016.

Patz was found guilty of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, strangulation and suffocation, manufacturing/delivering cocaine, and maintaining a drug trafficking place, all felonies.

The jury found him not guilty of human trafficking, second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated person, and false imprisonment, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

According to court documents, a woman came to the St. Mary’s Medical Center emergency room in Green Bay after ingesting a large amount of cocaine and alcohol and also sought treatment for sexual assault.

The woman told authorities that she estimated she had done nine lines of cocaine and drank seven shots of vodka and two beers with Patz while watching porn, and then they began to have sex. She said she had had sex with him in the past in exchange for drugs.

At some point, he started to do things she didn’t want, including tying a necktie around her neck and choking her, after searching on the internet for masochist and sadist sexual rituals, the complaint said.

Judge Jay N. Conley scheduled sentencing for Dec. 18 and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.