Man convicted of assaulting girl held in basement

CREATED Feb 21, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin jury has convicted a 20-year-old man on three counts of sexually and physically abusing his stepsister while her parents starved her and kept her in the basement.
   
The girl was just 68 pounds when she fled the family's home in 2012.
   
Prosecutors said the man sexually assaulted the girl starting when she was 9 years old because he thought he could get away with it. A physical abuse charge was supported by a deep scar on the girl's stomach.
   
The judge's secretary confirmed Friday that jurors delivered their verdict shortly after midnight.
   
Defense attorney Ronald Benavides didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.
   
The Associated Press isn't naming the man to avoid identifying the girl.