Chinese man reaches plea deal for 2006 assault in Franklin
MILWAUKEE - For years, prosecutors thought Tim Tse was gone and never coming back. The 31-year-old Chinese national is accused of attacking a woman in 2006 when he was a college student at UW-Milwaukee.
Tse posted $100,000 bail in 2006 and then fled the country.
"This case was charged by an assistant district attorney who has since retired," said prosecutor Chris Liegel. "I inherited his caseload. I did not know there was a person named Tim Tse until seven months ago."
Tse pleaded guilty through an interpreter on Tuesday and agreed to serve a ten year prison sentence.
Tse was 24 years old when police arrested him seven years ago. Police say he broke into a friend's apartment.
"He covered his face with a ski mask," Liegel told the court. "He soaked a rag in a chemical. He then walked into a bedroom where HYT was sleeping. He covered her face with a chemical soaked rag."
Police say Tse removed the woman's clothes and took photos.
Someone wired $100,000 dollars for Tse's bail seven years ago. He left jail and left the country. It is believed Tse went to his native China. Tse's ID was flagged by border authorities as he crossed from mainland China into Hong Kong earlier this year. Tse was extradited back to the United States.