Wright County man faces long prison sentence after being convicted of seven counts of child sexual abuse

CLARION — A Wright County man has been convicted by a jury of seven counts of sexual abuse.

70-year-old Rickie Withers of Woolstock was accused of four counts of second-degree sexual abuse after having sex with a child under the age of 12, two times between 2018 and September 2021, and two other times between September 2021 and November 2022. Withers was also accused of having sex with a child aged 14 or 15 on three separate occasions between 2019 and November 2022.

A Wright County jury returned the guilty verdicts on all seven charges on Thursday.

Withers faces 25 years in prison on each second-degree sexual abuse charge, and 10 years on each third-degree sexual abuse charge. He’s scheduled to be sentenced on April 17th.