Yes, Richard Zeier said, he did force a boy to urinate in his mouth on three separate occasions, but no, it wasn't sexual.
On March 29, a judge ignored the difference and sentenced Zeier to three and-a-half years in prison and another eight on extended supervision for his crimes, the Pierce County Herald reported. The 70-year-old man will be placed on the sex offender registry for the rest of his life.
The incidents started in 2014 and the grandmother of the victim said it "made our life hell."
He was arrested in 2016 and charged with three counts of first-degree sexual assault with a child younger than 13.
He told investigators that the peeing was something he'd gotten a taste for over the years, but it wasn't sexual, according to the New Richmond News.
After investigators finished their interview with him, they noticed several bottles near his fridge full of urine.
More details came out recently at Zeier's sentencing.
Zeier said he didn't consider it abuse when he was molested by a priest as a child because it was consensual, and he didn't see anything criminal about letting a boy pee into his mouth.
The prosecutor in the case, Ed Misner, described how Zeier would play in the pool with the boy, and buy gifts for him, in an attempt to "groom" him for the abuse.
The abuse, Misner said, will stay with the boy for the rest of his days. He lost some of the innocence of being a child, he continued, according to the Herald.
The judge took issue with Zeier's statements about consent with clergy.
"You, arguably, didn't see it as wrong," the judge said. "It was. Plain and simple. End of discussion."
[Photo: St. Croix County Sheriff's Office]
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