RACINE — A Burlington man took a plea deal on Monday related to charges of allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.
Robert C. Zimdars, 20, avoids going on trial next month by pleading no contest to a single count of second-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 16. Zimdars allegedly had sexual contact with the teen and gave her cigarettes after meeting her in 2010 at a Burlington fast-food restaurant, according to investigators.
While this amended charge is a Class C felony normally punishable by up to 25 years behind bars and an additional maximum of 15 years on extended supervision, the plea agreement means he might receive substantially less time. Racine County Assistant District Attorney Randy Schneider said he and Assistant State Public Defender Katie Gutowski agreed to a four-year prison term followed by five years on extended supervision.
“You would be required to register with the Sex Offender Registry program,” Circuit Court Judge Tim Boyle said, adding he also doesn’t have to sentence Zimdars to the four-year term.
Dressed in orange Racine County Jail scrubs, Zimdars sat quietly during Monday’s plea hearing.
A no-contest plea means Zimdars doesn’t admit to the allegations, but does not contest prosecutors’ ability to prove them in court.
Zimdars was charged Feb. 24 with repeated sexual assault of a child and contributing to the delinquency of a child, according to his criminal complaint. In exchange for the plea agreement, Schneider said prosecutors are dropping the second charge.
Zimdars was stopped by Burlington police at about 11:50 p.m. on Feb. 14 after a relative of the girl told Racine County sheriff’s deputies that family members arrived home that day to find Zimdars standing on their porch, according to sheriff’s reports. He reportedly said his name was Kyle, but fled after one of the girl’s relatives revealed his real name.
A male relative of the teen chased, but didn’t catch up with, Zimdars. He had been to the home to see the 14-year-old girl, according to sheriff’s reports.
The girl later told investigators she met Zimdars when she was 13. She said they became friends, Zimdars would provide her with cigarettes and they “made out” multiple times.
Boyle set his sentencing hearing for Jan. 24.