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Bogenrief gets 10 years for sexual abuse

Friday, August 3, 2007

Mark Bogenrief
A well-known stained glass artist of Sutherland will serve up to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl more than a decade ago.

Mark Douglas Bogenrief, 57, was handed the maximum prison sentence Thursday morning in the Plymouth County courtroom with the victim and her family present, as well as Bogenrief's wife and other supporters.

The sentence comes more than two years after charges were initially filed against Bogenrief. He was arrested on July 8, 2005, then this February, pleaded guilty to one of two counts of sexual abuse in the third degree, admitting he had sexually abused a girl identified as Jane Doe in July of 1994. The first count, regarding sexual abuse in 1993, was dropped in the plea bargain.

During Thursday's sentencing, Bogenrief's attorney William Gallup asked the judge to sentence his client to parole only, citing his lack of criminal history, his ongoing community service, the fact that his reputation in the community has been tarnished and the level of sexual contact in this case.

Bogenrief spoke briefly to the court.

"I have responsibility for what I did, and I'm sorry," he said. "Like Mr. Gallup said, I have spent my whole life helping people. . . . I have tried all my life to do good. I have this blemish, I know."

Before Judge Edward Jacobson decided on the sentence, County Attorney Darin Raymond recommended prison time for Bogenrief, reading a letter from the victim to the court, telling how the abuse impacted her life emotionally and in her relationships with other people.

"I thought that if someone was in my life, it was just to use and abuse me," she wrote. "I feel that my life has been a living hell for the past 10 years, and that it is his turn."

The victim's parents were employed at Bogenrief's studios when the abuse happened in 1994.

"I worried if I told anyone that my parents would lose their jobs and they would lose everything that they had," the letter said. "I felt that no matter what, I couldn't tell anyone because of the impact it would have on our family's life."

The judge took more than half an hour to deliberate on the sentence.

"You're not applying for a job. You have obviously a lot of artistic talent and you have been a leader in the community, the business community, provided employment, and notoriety in a positive way for the community, but it's not all about you," he said to Bogenrief before going to his chambers to decide the sentence. "Part of what it's about is the next person who might be tempted to abuse a 14-year-old girl who sees the results of what we do here today."

He returned with the prison sentence of up to 10 years for Bogenrief, plus a $1,000 fine and payment of any victim restitution.

"The statements made by Mr. Gallup did a good job of putting you and this case in a shining light," Jacobson said.

However, he added, further review of the evidence and testimony revealed that the kind of sexual abuse in this case was of more severe nature than he had been thinking. Jacobson did note that no weapon was used.

"Obviously there's going to be an impact on this child because of those acts," Jacobson said. "It's a difficult decision, but the court feels it has no choice."

Bogenrief is slated to begin his sentence at the end of this month.

Jacobson set the appeal bond at $20,000.

Bogenrief has 30 days to appeal the judge's decision.

"There are some legal avenues available to someone who's been sentenced," Bogenrief's attorney said. "We'll explore those."

Once his sentence is complete, Bogenrief will be required to register as a sex offender.

Bogenrief is widely known for his stained-glass artisanship. He began in 1978 and has since built a name in the field, opening Bogenrief Studios. His studios were first located in Merrill, then moved to Cherokee mid-2004. He announced the Cherokee closing in September 2005, and his production studio moved to Sutherland with a blown-glass studio in Spencer.

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