A Wisconsin man who was 68 when he forced a 5-year-old to urinate in his mouth on three occasions learned his fate last week.
On Thursday, St. Croix County Circuit Court Judge Scott Needham sentenced Richard Zeier, now 70, to eight-and-a-half years in prison and to another eight years of extended supervision for the 2014 incidents involving a little boy. The New Richmond man will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the Pierce County Herald.
A 2016 criminal complaint obtained by Forum News Service stated that Zeier described himself as a “receptacle” to investigators but denied that the depraved acts were for his sexual gratification.
“Over the years I’ve gotten a taste for it,” the elder told authorities.
Investigators who spoke to Zeier at his home spotted bottles in his refrigerator containing an amber-colored liquid believed to have been urine. He was arrested following their unsettling discovery.
The victim’s grandmother told the court that Zeier “made our life hell.” It’s not clear how the child is related to or knows Zeier.
Meanwhile, Defense attorney Aaron Nelson unsuccessfully argued that Zeier has dealt with mental illness and insecurity from being tormented about his sexual orientation. At one point, Zeier revealed to investigators that Catholic Church clergy molested him as a child but he believed the encounter was consensual, the newspaper reported.
Judge Needham especially took issue with Zeier’s comments on his own childhood abuse.
“You, arguably, didn’t see it as wrong,” he said. “It was. Plain and simple. End of discussion.”
[Featured Image: Richard Zeier/St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office]