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Man accused of sexual assaults of pre-teen kills self

1-7-2008 Wisconsin:

A 48-year-old man who was scheduled to go on trial today for sexually assaulting a pre-teen girl for several years committed suicide over the weekend at his trailer home outside of Stoughton.

Terry C. Karna faced one count of repeated sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 and the case against him was scheduled for jury selection in front of Dane County Circuit Court Judge Patrick Fiedler, when Assistant District Attorney Doug McLean informed Fiedler that Karna killed himself. The case against Karna was dismissed.

McLean said Karna had written a letter earlier this month to his family in Minnesota, apparently indicating that he was going to kill himself, and when the family received the letter they immediately called the Dane County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's deputies went to Karna's trailer home on Norman Drive near Lake Kegonsa Friday night and found he had killed himself with a gun, McLean said.

Karna was facing a maximum sentence of 40 years of prison and extended supervision time if he had gone to trial and had been convicted. He had repeatedly turned down offers to settle the case and insisted he was going to trial, McLean said.

According to the criminal complaint, Karna began assaulting the girl when she was in pre-school and continued until the summer between her sixth and seventh grades.

The girl said Karna had been drinking during all of the assaults.

"It made me feel really sick and violated," the girl said during the interview, according to the criminal complaint. ..more.. by Mike Miller

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