William Metzger: Baraboo Wi Pastor Sentenced For Assault of Child
Baraboo, WI - A former Baraboo pastor was sentenced for felony first-degree assault of a child under 13 during a court hearing Monday.
Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Wendy J. N. Klicko said William A. Metzger, 76, Adams, had no regard for the child abused in asking for leniency and that he should receive little credit for turning himself in to authorities.
“I think credit for reporting this is a fallacy because others were poised to do it,” Klicko said. “If that child would not have said something, this would have gone undetected until she did so.”
Klicko sentenced Metzger to 10 years in prison with an additional 10 years of extended supervision. He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, have no contact with girls and no contact with the child in the case nor her family members and their school, residence or their workplaces when he is released.
Two identical charges were dismissed but “read in,” meaning they were considered in sentencing.
“Certainly Mr. Metzger has remorse for himself...but I’ve heard very little about acknowledging what this will do to that child, both now and in the future,” Klicko said.
As she read the sentence, Metzger hung his head while visibly upset, at one point placing his forehead on the table in front of him and appeared to be crying.
According to the criminal complaint, Metzger confessed to authorities that he had discovered the 6-year-old “fondling herself” and showed her how, touching her inappropriately more than once, though said he didn’t remember assaulting her roughly 10 times as the child reportedly told her father.
The child reported to her parents that Metzger had touched her genitals more than once and engaged in other assault behaviors over roughly two years. She was 8 years old when she reported it in 2019.
Metzger had been a resident of Baraboo since 1999, when he moved to the city to become pastor of the Open Door Baptist Church. He served in that role for more than 20 years before he was dismissed after the assault charges were filed.