Exclusive: Mother of child molestation victim satisfied, but surprised with sentence

CREATED Jun 28, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A disgraced former Cudahy firefighter apologized in Milwaukee County Court Friday for sexually abusing the daughter of his long-term girlfriend.

Robert Shimeta said, "As a father figure, I have let her down immensely and that truly breaks my heart."

In June 2012, after a day of drinking, Shimeta admits he put his hands up the girl's shirt as she sat on his lap watching YouTube videos.

The girl was 12 years old at the time.

She appeared in court for Shimeta's sentencing hearing Friday with her mother, father and two sisters, but walked out just as Shimeta was apologizing in front of the court for his actions.

The victim's mother had her arm around the girl, but could understand why she walked out.

"She was afraid to see him. She was afraid to hear him, the whole nine yards and when they said do you have anything to say, she wanted to get out of there as fast as she could because she did not want to hear an apology, there is no apology for what he did," said the victim's mother.

Shimeta was sentenced to six months in jail, which came as a surprise since both the defense and the D.A.'s office had suggested probation only. 

In addition, Shimeta was sentenced to a $2,500 fine, 500 hours community service and four years probation, during which time he would have to return to jail for three months if he violates any terms of his probation. 

Shimeta is also now required to register as a sex offender. 

That, says the victim's family, was their biggest hope in all of this.