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Former Pediatric Dentist Receives 15-30 year Prison Sentence

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A judge sentenced a former Lansing area dentist convicted of sexual assault to 15-30 years in prison Wednesday.

65-year-old Wendell Racette of Delta Township was found guilty of 15 counts of sexual misconduct last month for sex crimes dating back several years.

In December 2010, the victim, who testified in both trials, says he was between 5 and 10-years-old at the time of the abuse and that it took him until he was 21 to tell police.

Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings said it was a tough moment for the victim, but a moment he's been waiting for. He believes the victim who testified isn't the only one to suffer at the mercy of Racette.

"As he said, it's going to help him begin the healing in putting something behind him and grappling with his entire life," said Dunnings. "He took them into a secluded area, he gave them drugs, gas and took advantage of them."

When given the chance in court to make any last comments, Racette only said "I'm fine," giving the victim the last word. 

"For I fought the devil and won every round. I'm not a victim, I'm not a survivor, I'm a fighter," said the victim.

The prosecutor's office says Racette is eligible to be reviewed by the parole board after serving 15 years.

If set free, Racette would be on a lifetime tether.

 

The first trial ended in a hung jury.

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