A La Crosse man imprisoned for threatening to sexually assault a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in 2011 lost his appeal to a judge Thursday to withdraw his guilty plea.
Published reports say 63 year old Edward Mathews represented himself during the hearing. He tried to convince La Crosse County Circuit Judge Dale Pasell that attorney Sean O’Neill "with criminal and corrupt intent" waived his right to a hearing that challenged whether or not his confession was voluntary. He wanted his plea and 12-year prison sentence vacated. Pasell found he failed to show that O’Neill was deficient. Police say the victim was walking to school Oct. 14, 2011 when Mathews, armed with a knife, approached and told her to walk behind a house and take off her pants. The girl pretended to comply before fleeing. He was arrested days later when an officer caught him loitering in a car near Logan High School and discovered he was a registered sex offender. Police found a knife and clothing matching the assailant’s description in his car.