A man was sentenced to 'weekends in jail' and 10 years probation after being found guilty of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter

Google MapsThe Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Shawn Wheeler, 33, was sentenced Thursday for sexually abusing his 13-year-old step-daughter.
  • Wheeler faced a maximum sentence of 7 years in state prison, with 10 years post-release supervision, but Judge Dennis Morris instead sentenced him to “weekends in jail,” according to a statement from the Schuyler County District’s Attorney.
  • At the sentencing, Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew C. Hayden argued that Wheeler’s crime was particularly heinous because he targeted a victim with “significant intellectual disabilities.”
  • Wheeler will be required to spend 26 weekends in jail, from 7 p.m. on Friday to 7 p.m. on Sunday, the District Attorney confirmed to INSIDER.

A 33-year-old man was sentenced on Thursday to “weekends in jail” for sexually abusing his 13-year-old stepdaughter, the Schuyler County District Attorney said in a press release on Facebook.

Shawn Wheeler, a 33-year-old man from Tyrone, New York, was sentenced by Schuyler County Family Court Judge Dennis Morris to “weekends in jail,” 10 years probation, and is required to register as a sex offender, according to the release.

Both Chief Assistant District Attorney Matthew C. Hayden and the Schuyler County Probation Department recommended the maximum sentence, which is 7 years in state prison, with 10 years post release supervision.

On November 29, Wheeler was found guilty of Criminal Sexual Act in the Second Degree, a Class D Violent Felony, and three separate counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, per the release. Both charges stem from sexual contact with his 13-year-old stepdaughter.

Hayden wrote in the release that he “objected to the sentencing as a whole” and felt that Wheeler “betrayed his position of trust, because the victim was his 13 year-old stepdaughter.”

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Following her sexual assault, the victim has been separated from her family. Hayden described this isolation as “punishment above and beyond the horrors of the sexual assault.”

According to the news release, Hayden believes that Wheeler has “never taken responsibility for his actions.”

If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.

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