Friday Jul 23 2010
Rocklin man sentenced after sexual assault
By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
Wiidanen arrested for DUI suspicion prior to sentencing
A Rocklin man found guilty of oral copulation of an unconscious male was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail and must register as a sexual offender. Ladd Douglas Wiidanen, 42, was found guilty March 18 of one felony count of oral copulation of an unconscious person. The victim reportedly woke up after a New Year’s Eve party Jan. 1, 2008 to find a male sexually assaulting him. The party was held in a Rocklin neighborhood, that both Wiidanen and the victim attended. Almost two years after the incident, Wiidanen was arrested after DNA test results linked him to the case. According to Rocklin Police, the investigation was completed and DNA was sent to the Department of Justice shortly after the incident, but the results were delayed due to a high volume of requests. Wiidanen must spend the first 45 days of his jail sentence in custody and can then apply for alternative sentencing. He must also complete general psychological counseling as well as alcoholic counseling, according to Judge J. Richard Couzens. Prior to his sentencing, Wiidanen was allegedly arrested by Rocklin Police July 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence. He is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 12 in Roseville. During Friday’s sentencing, Wiidanen addressed the judge, apologizing for his actions. “I am sorry for what brought us here,” he said. “I have an alcohol problem. I know myself – I would never do harm to someone – intentional or unintentional.” Wiidanen said he had abstained from alcohol earlier, but relapsed before the incident. Wiidanen had a blood alcohol content of more than .20 hours after the New Year’s Eve incident, according to Couzens. He said he joined an Alcoholics Anonymous group. “I am trying to get help,” Wiidanen said. “I’m truly sorry and understand why we’re here.” Couzens acknowledged the steps Wiidanen has taken to get help. “Until you really hit bottom, you can’t move ahead,” Couzens said. “I feel you are basically a good person. You have some psychological issues. Something happened that night that was out of character.” Following the sentencing, Placer County Deputy District Attorney Todd Kuhnen said this case shows the negative effects of alcohol. “This case is an example of the effects that the abuse of alcohol can have on somebody’s life,” Kuhnen said. The victim was not present during the sentencing.