Three Rivers resident gets prison sentence

A former educator was sentenced Friday to 5- to 20 years in prison for the 2014 sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy who was also victimized five years earlier when the perpetrator was the boy’s fifth-grade teacher.
Friday’s sentencing of David Wing, 60, of Three Rivers, caps allegations of inappropriate behavior with underage boys dating to 1997, when Wing was a Three Rivers teacher and coach.
Police reports say sexual abuse allegations involving multiple victims over a 17-year span were not reported to authorities by school districts, as required by state law, and were not disclosed to other schools where Wing applied for jobs.
St. Joseph County Circuit Judge Paul Stutesman and Erin Harrington, St. Joseph County assistant prosecutor, read graphic accounts from police reports prior to the sentencing.
Wing was charged in 2014 with six counts of criminal sexual conduct. He initially entered a not guilty plea but in March, on the eve of trial, Wing agreed to plead no contest to two counts in exchange for prosecutors dismissing the other four and recommending a five-year minimum sentence.

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