Austin man guilty of sexually molesting girl

Published 10:43 am Tuesday, September 17, 2013

An Austin man accused of sexually molesting a girl in Mower County from the time she was 7 to 12 years old admitted he was guilty.



Gary Russell Hegna, 46, of Austin, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct Monday in Mower County Court. As part of a plea agreement, first-degree criminal sexual conduct was dismissed.

According to the court complaint, Hegna forced the girl to have sex, wear costumes and watch pornographic movies. A detective executed a search warrant at Hegna’s house where he found pornographic movies involving young girls and curtains covering all the windows inside the house and in a camper, the complaint adds.

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Hegna is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 17, 2014.