Greenville man back in court for sexually assaulting teenagers

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 2:06 pm on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Claude Knapp

STANTON – A Greenville man was back in court Thursday for a second sex crime involving teenage sisters.

Claude Knapp, 47, was previously sentenced to from five to 15 years in prison in July 2011 after sexually assaulting a teenager. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in that crime.

Knapp was sentenced to a concurrent prison sentence of up to 15 years Thursday for second-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting the previous victim’s sister, who was 14 years old. The crime took place between January and March 2011 at home on Greenville Road in Eureka Township.

The second victim did not initially tell police she was being sexually assaulted when police were investigating her sister’s assault because the 14-year-old was afraid Knapp would return to the home.

Knapp did not wish to make a statement when he was sentenced Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. The family of the two victims was present in the courtroom, but they also chose not to speak.

“Your conduct has robbed these young ladies of their innocence and their lives have been forever altered,” Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger told Knapp before sentencing him.

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